Hawaii Island police: Suspect fired on officer who rushed to aid victims in car crash
KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Island police arrested two suspects Friday in connection with a violent crime spree in Kona.
Authorities said 27-year-old Dyllan Paulo-Leslie, of Kailua-Kona, faces multiple charges, including first-degree attempted murder, robbery and reckless endangering.
Officials said 34-year-old Brittany Johnson of Holualoa was arrested for robbery in the same incident.
Officers responded to a report of an active armed robbery at a business in the Kaloko Light Industrial Park around 8 p.m. Thursday night.
According to the Hawaii Police Department, Paulo-Leslie robbed the store at gunpoint then fled the scene in a gray lifted pick-up truck with a female passenger.
Investigators said prior to contacting the suspect vehicle, it was involved in a traffic collision with another vehicle at the intersection of Route 190 and Hina Lani Street. Both vehicles involved were considered inoperable.
Police said Paulo-Leslie opened fire at an officer who came to check on the victims in the crash. The bullet missed the officer and Paulo-Leslie attempted to flee the scene on foot with Johnson.
Both were arrested a short time later.
The officer was uninjured and did not fire his service pistol during the incident, authorities said.
The driver of the other vehicle, a 51-year-old woman from Kailua-Kona, did not require medical attention.
An investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Hawaii Police Department at (808) 935-3311. For those who want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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