HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The suspect accused of fatally shooting a Big Island officer has dozens of arrests and three felony convictions, including for carrying a concealed and loaded weapon.
The Hawaii Police Department identified the suspect as 33-year-old Justin Waiki.
He's accused of shooting Officer Bronson K. Kaliloa after a traffic stop. Kaliloa, a 10-year veteran of the force, was hit multiple times and died at Hilo Medical Center.
A Hawaii News Now review of court records show Judge Henry Nakamoto released Waiki last year on low bail — over the objections of prosecutors. He had been arrested after illegally leaving the state for Las Vegas.
Waiki's first felony conviction was in 2005 when he was just 21 years old — for forgery.
Judge Glenn Hara sentenced him to 90 days in jail and home detention after refusing to give him a second chance. The judge told him he "has a gross disregard for authority. He does not give a rip, he is going to do what he wants to do."
Waiki served five years of probation.
In 2013, he was caught with meth and a loaded gun. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months in jail and four years probation.
Then, in November 2017, he broke probation and moved to Las Vegas.
After police brought him back, prosecutors wanted his bail increased. But Judge Henry Nakamoto refused.
Waiki has been a fugitive since missing a court hearing in March.