Suspect may have used his landlord’s gun collection to ambush officers

Published: Jan. 22, 2020 at 8:19 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The suspect who fatally shot two police officers in the Diamond Head area Sunday shouldn’t have had access to guns.

Jerry Hanel, 69, had temporary restraining orders filed on him by neighbors and police had previously sent him to get a mental health evaluation.

But Hawaii News Now has learned his landlord may have had dozens of weapons in the home.

Lois Cain is still missing following Hanel’s crime spree Sunday, and it’s feared she’s dead.

Her husband, Raymond Cain, had a large number of registered guns. And when he died in 2005, it’s not clear what happened to them.

[Read more: 2 sets of human remains found in ashes of Diamond Head property: Sources]

On Tuesday, police sources confirmed to Hawaii News Now that they’d found two sets of remains ― those of a man and a woman ― in the rubble of a Diamond Head property.

Police believe that Hanel apparently killed Cain, stabbed a woman who lives on the property, then ambushed the officers who responded before setting the fire that quickly spread.

“From my understanding, the rubble is probably close to a foot deep so to sift through all that is a monumental task," Police Chief Susan Ballard said Tuesday, when asked about the investigation.

Meanwhile, the investigation into Hanel’s violent rampage and his past continues.

Last year, Hawaii News Now has learned, Hanel tried to rent a storage unit at Safekeeper Storage and asked whether he could store firearms there.

“He was asking me, he wanted to store guns and I told him we don’t store guns here so that’s when his attitude started to change,” said Chris Ulu, the owner of Safekeeper Storage.

Police are hoping to recover the gun Hanel used during the ambush that killed two of their officers.

This story will be updated.

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