Man arrested in Kapoho murder released pending investigation

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A Puna man has been released pending further investigation after he was arrested in connection with a deadly shooting that occurred Monday, March 7, in lower Puna.

In response to a 5:14 p.m. report of a shooting in the Kapoho Beach Lots subdivision, officers found a male victim. He was identified as Bryan Lynn Thomas, 56, of Kapoho.

The medical examiner determined that Thomas died of gunshot wounds to the abdomen and chest.

Richard R. Edwards, 72, also of Kapoho, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of second-degree murder. He was released Wednesday afternoon.

Police ask anyone with any information about this case to all the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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