Hawaii Island police release new info into ranger-involved shooting at a state park

Hawaii Island police release new info into ranger-involved shooting at a state park
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HAWAII ISLAND, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -A National Parks Service officer fired his gun in an incident on Hawaii Island Friday afternoon. On Monday, Hawaii Island police released new details into the incident.

According to NPS, the incident began in the the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit in the Ka’u District around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The suspect involved was reportedly an occupant of a stolen vehicle. While attempting to stop the driver at Manuka State Park, an altercation ensued and shots were fired by the officer.

The driver continued outside of the park after fleeing the initial scene.

The suspect in the stolen vehicle was identified Monday as 39-year-old David Gouveia of Kailua-Kona.

He was arrested later that evening around 6:15 p.m. in Kona.

Police say he suffered minor injuries from a bullet fired by the officer that struck his hand and grazed his neck during the incident.

Gouveia was charged for operating a stolen vehicle. Bail was set at $2,000.

He was released pending further investigation for second degree attempted murder.

Hawaii Island police are still encouraging any witnesses or tipsters to come forward by calling Detective Dominic Uyetake at 326-4646, ext. 228.

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