'We mourn': Big Island officer fatally shot in Puna honored on floor of US House

WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Big Island officer who was fatally shot after a traffic stop was honored Thursday on the floor of the U.S. House.

Officer Bronson Kaliloa, 46, died early Wednesday, after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds.

He leaves behind a wife, three children, and a legacy of service to his community.

"Bronson was ... a 10-year veteran of the police force, and a public servant recognized by his community, fellow officers, and family and friends as one of a kind because of his dedication to service, his kindness, and his heart of aloha," said U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, in a short address before Congress.

She added that Kaliloa was assigned to the Puna patrol division, which since May 3 has been "working around the clock to support their community in crisis due to ongoing volcanic activity and lava flow, helping residents who have been displaced from their homes, businesses, and farms."

Gabbard added, "We mourn with the community of Puna, the Hawaii Police Department, and Bronson's ohana that he left behind, Casey, Samson, Grace, and Nathan. We can never forget the sacrifices our law enforcement officers and their families make every day to serve and protect."

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