HPD Update on Saturday Painted Road Shooting

The Hawai`i Police Department continues the investigation of a shooting incident on Painted Church Road in South Kona on Saturday afternoon.

Responding to a call just before 3 p.m., officers confirmed one person dead at the scene.

The deceased man has since been positively identified as 42-year-old Thomas Ballesteros Jr., with no permanent address. An autopsy will be conducted this week to determine the exact cause of death.

It was also determined that two other males were injured, including the possible suspect who had left the scene prior to officer’s arrival. Both males have since identified and are currently being treated for non-life threatening gunshot injuries.

At 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, with the assistance of the Honolulu Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, 49-year-old Brian Lee Smith of Honaunau was arrested for one count each of Murder II and attempted Murder II.

Smith remains hospitalized and upon release will be returned to Hawai’i Island for his initial court appearance. Additional charges are pending.

Detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigation Section are continuing the investigation and ask anyone having any information on this case to call Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins at (808) 326-4646 ext. 230.

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