Hawaii Island police release dramatic body cam footage of deadly firefight

They chased him into the woods and then the man turned and he and police exchanged gunfire
Published: Sep. 25, 2023 at 7:10 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 26, 2023 at 6:50 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Island police have released dramatic body cam video from a foot chase that ended with officers fatally shooting a suspect.

Officers first responded to Keeau on Friday after a report of two brothers in a dispute.

Authorities said Kaena Kaohu, 30, had been on the run for nearly 14 hours after allegedly threatening to shoot his brother in Orchidland Estates.

Kaohu was armed and ran from police, authorities said.

The following day, police found Kaohu and chased him into the woods.

Authorities said the suspect turned and fired on officers, who returned fire.

HPD says four officers shot back nearly 36 times, killing Kaohu in firefight.

No officers were injured in operation but police say one bullet that an officer felt hit the holster of his Taser, and he walked away without any injuries.

All four officers involved were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.