Woman escapes after an officer-involved shooting near a major Hilo shopping center

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HAWAII (KHON2) — The Hawaii Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that happened on Wednesday, November 27, around 12 p.m.

It reportedly happened in the area of the Kanoelehua Avenue entrance of Jack in the Box and Kilauea Avenue at the entrance of KTA.

Police sent out an advisory and asked the public to avoid the area.

According to Lt. Rio Amon-Wilkins, HPD received a report of a wanted “pistachio-green” colored Toyota Tacoma driving through a parking lot at 50 East Puainako Avenue.

“As they were chasing the female in the truck, gunshots – maybe eight gunshots – a few cars were sprayed with the gunshots. And so after that happened, I guess the female had gotten away, but in the process, she had banged a white car by Jack In The Box trying to get away,” said witness Kentrell Santos.

As police officials approached the pickup, she reportedly sped towards the officers. Two officers fired at the vehicle as she sped off and left the scene.

During that, the driver struck a parked vehicle and then skidded into the driveway of fast-food restaurant Jack in the Box, where the driver reversed and nearly struck another patrol officer. The patrol officer discharged his service weapon. However, the truck continued west towards the Kilauea Avenue exit and struck a passenger car stopped in traffic.

A short pursuit by a patrol officer was terminated due to hazardous road and traffic conditions.

The Toyota truck was last seen headed in the south or Puna direction on Kilauea Avenue.

The driver of the sedan struck by the Toyota truck was a 71-year-old Hilo who was uninjured.

Neither of the officers was injured during the confrontation with the vehicle or the weapons discharge.

It is unknown if the woman got shot.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section responded to the scene and are continuing the investigation, which is currently classified as first-degree attempted murder.

Detectives from the Office of Professional Standards are also conducting an independent administrative investigation as the result of the weapon discharge.

Police are looking for 24-year-old Tearon Pacheco-Fernandez, who frequents the Puna and Hilo areas. 

She is described as a local female, about 4-feet-9-inches tall, weighing about 110 pounds, medium-length black hair, and a tan complexion.

Pacheco-Fernandez is wanted on two outstanding warrants and also for questioning in connection to another similar incident in which she allegedly rammed an unmarked police vehicle.

Police warn the public against confronting Pacheco-Fernandez and instead to call police at (808) 935-3311 and provide her location and other pertinent vehicle information.

Anyone who may have seen the incident or may have seen the Toyota truck, which is further described as a lifted Tacoma Extra-Cab pickup, spray-painted grey with factory front rims and blacked-out rear rims, with the rear plate ZCT-556 and the front plate  HDZ-877.

The truck was believed to have been stolen from a business on Makalika Street, Hilo, in early November.

Police are asking that witnesses who may have seen the Tacoma leaving the area or may have any other information about this incident are asked to call Detective Wendall Carter at (808) 961-2383 or email wendall.carter@hawaiicounty.gov.

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