Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting at Waiakea Shopping Center

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Another man is dead after a second officer-involved shooting on Hawaii Island in less than a week.

This latest incident occurred on Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Hilo.

Police identified the suspect killed in the shooting as Scottie I.K. Yanagawa, 29, of Hilo.

At approximately 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, police initiated a traffic stop on a Toyota minivan in a parking lot of Waiakea Shopping Center on East Makaala Street. The van was known to be operated by Yanagawa, who was wanted for his involvement in a shooting in the Honolii area on Jan. 31 and for escaping from the Hale Nani correctional facility on Nov. 19.

Yanagawa was known to be armed and dangerous.

Yanagawa and the van’s driver, Kaiini Febo-Santiago, 30, of Pāhoa, were commanded to exit the vehicle. While exiting the passenger side of the vehicle, Yanaga discharged a round from a handgun. In response, officers discharged their firearms, killing him.

Santiago was uninjured and arrested at the scene on suspicion of hindering prosecution for aiding a wanted fugitive. She is being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending further investigation.

The officers who fired their weapons have 14, 12, seven and six years of experience with law enforcement.

As is standard practice in any police involved shooting, the Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigations Section will conduct a criminal investigation into the shooting and the Office of Professional Standards will conduct an administrative investigation.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the incident to contact Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or joel.field@hawaiicounty.gov or Grant Todd at 961-2385 or grant.todd@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Just last Friday, Feb. 5, an officer shot a suspect to death at Puainako Center in Hilo.

Ronald Barawis Jr., 38, of Kailua-Kona, allegedly drove directly at an officer and subsequently rammed into two police vehicles near the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant.

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