UPDATE: Police Say Leilani Estates Hostage Suspect Shot Himself

Updated at 4:40 p.m.

Hawai`i Police Department officials say the man arrested in Monday’s hostage incident in Puna has been identified as Jovin Chang.

The incident ended just after 2 p.m. after the suspect emerged from the residence he barricaded himself in since early this morning.

After coming out of the home, Chang shot himself in the facial area with a rifle.

Medics were on scene and he was immediately transported to the Hilo Medical Center for treatment.

After an early morning shooting that injured a 25-year-old male party Chang was located at an address on Leilani Boulevard. He barricaded himself in the residence with five individuals.

The hostages were five females ages nine, fourteen, eleven, sixteen and thirty. They were all unharmed in this incident.

Leilani Boulevard remains closed as police continue this investigation.

Updated at 2:45 p.m.

The hostage situation has ended, according to Police. A 33-year-old suspect has been arrested. Leilani Boulevard between Highway 130 and Hapuu Street remains closed.

Original story published at 2:17 p.m.

The Hawai`i Police Department is investigating an ongoing hostage incident in the Leilani Estates subdivision in Puna.

At about 5:40 a.m., Monday, Puna District Patrol Officers responded to a call of a shooting on Nohea Street. A 25-year-old male victim was located shot several times about his body. That male victim was then transported to Hilo Medical Center where he remains in stable condition.

The suspect in this shooting was then located at a residence on Leilani Boulevard where he barricaded himself inside. This incident is currently being investigated as a hostage situation, and the Hawaiʻi Police Department Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiators are on the scene.

The suspect is believed to be armed with a firearm.

Leilani Boulevard between Highway 130 and Hapuu Street remains closed and neighboring residents have been asked to evacuate. Police ask that members of the public avoid the area for their safety as well as that of the first responders in the area.

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