Suspect in fatal Big Island shooting told police: ‘I had to kill him’

Suspect in fatal Big Island shooting told police: ‘I had to kill him’
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 35-year-old Puna man charged with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting earlier this week told police during his arrest that he “had to kill” the victim.

Ryan Frederick Davis ― whose bail is set at $310,000 ― has also been charged with first-degree terroristic threatening and firearms charges. He made his initial court appearance Thursday in Puna.

Police say Davis fatally shot 38-year old Joshua John Santos several times in the driveway of a home in Puna’s Fern Acres. A medical examiner determined that Santos died from gunshot wounds to the chest.

Court documents say the shooting happened during an altercation on the property.

Davis told police that Santos went to the property where the shooting happened looking for a woman, who he accused Davis of having a sexual relationship with.

Santos then got into an altercation with Davis’ wife and pushed her, Davis told officers.

The suspect told Santos to leave and then allegedly picked up a handgun and shot the victim at a distance of about 5 feet, court documents said.

The suspect told officers that he shot Santos twice more as he ran away.

Court documents also show that when surrendering to officers outside of his home, Davis told police that Santos “attacked my wife. She’s pregnant. I had to kill him.”

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