HPD arrest suspect in Kalihi murder case

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Honolulu police have made an arrest in a Kalihi murder case.

Officers arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the death of Kyen Knowles, 36, at around 7:15 pm Friday in Pearl City.

Brandon Reis was booked on suspicion of second-degree murder and several outstanding warrants. (Editor’s note: Reis was charged Sunday with manslaughter, three firearms offenses and terroristic threatening in the first degree. View the full update here.)

Reis’ arrest comes after Honolulu police reclassified the death of a man Wednesday in Kalihi from an unattended death to second-degree murder.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office ruled Friday that Knowles’ death was a homicide.

Knowles died from “suffocation due to mechanical asphyxia.” According to EMS, he was pronounced dead at the scene at Waterhouse Street.

Authorities had initially reported his death as an “accident,” however surveillance video — too graphic to be shown publicly — revealed the incident involved a shooting.

It showed Knowles, the driver of a vehicle, being approached by a man who parked his own vehicle nearby.

As Knowles reverses the vehicle, the man walks to the passenger side, pulls out what appears to be a gun, and fires into the vehicle.

Knowles immediately falls out of the driver’s side door and is then run over by his own car.

The man walks to the driver’s side, looks down, then heads back to his vehicle and takes off.

“There’s always a chance something could go down to a lesser degree. It depends on the jury, but frankly, does it sound to me like there’s sufficient probable murder cause? Absolutely,” said former city prosecutor Peter Carlisle. “If he’s trying to flee somebody with a loaded gun who is shooting at him, and he gets hit by a car, that isn’t the elimination of approximate cause. You still have a very clear set of events that led to this person doing everything reasonable trying to save his life.”

Carlisle says if a suspect is found guilty of second-degree murder, he or she automatically receives a life sentence with the possibility of parole.

Police confirmed Thursday that a weapon was fired, but would not say whether Knowles was actually shot.

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