Suspect arrested at Maui airport attempting to flee island after early-morning shooting in Haiku

Police had been looking for Brian McKeague, 36, all day until they got the tip.
Published: Aug. 16, 2022 at 6:10 PM HST|Updated: Aug. 16, 2022 at 8:13 PM HST
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HAIKU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui police arrested a shooting suspect at Kahului airport as he allegedly tried to leave the island Tuesday afternoon.

Police had been looking for Brian McKeague, 36, all day.

Officers first surrounded his home on Kahiapo Place in Haiku on Tuesday as they believed they had a barricade situation.

Then MPD got a tip that McKeague was at the airport trying to catch a flight.

Sources said the trouble began when another man showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound early Tuesday morning.

Witnesses told HNN they heard four gunshots at about 4 a.m. and heard a woman screaming before driving off.

Haiku resident Nara Boone recalled what her sister saw moments after the shooting.

“And then the man was packing up, rifling through some things. From the bedroom of where she is, she can see close to their yard. And so she saw him get into his work vehicle and take off,” Boone said.

The investigation forced several homeowners to evacuate or shelter in place if they were unable to leave.

“My sister is a quadriplegic. She can’t walk or get out of bed. She’s completely bedridden,” said another Haiku resident Melissa Proud. “She heard the shots last night. And of course, she was scared. Somebody could come in and she couldn’t run away.”

McKeague was captured around 2 p.m. at the Kahului airport. He has prior arrests for terroristic threatening and dozens of prior TRO violations.

The motive of the shooting as well as the condition of the victim is unclear at this time.

An investigation remains ongoing.

This story will be updated.

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