Man in Custody Following Officer-Involved Shooting

*This story has been updated.

A 30-year-old fugitive was apprehended during an incident in Mountain View involving a Puna district patrol officer firing his weapon on Saturday morning. 

Hawai`i Police Department officials say the suspect is identified as a Michael T. Soares of a Hilo address.

At approximately 7 a.m., an Ihope Road homeowner reportedly discovered a maroon 1991 Ford Explorer parked near the house with the engine running and a male passed out in the driver seat.   Police and Hawai`i County Fire Department personnel were summoned to the scene.

Upon arrival officers noted the ignition had no key with wires pulled out behind the steering wheel. 

Officials say the man was awoken and ordered to turn off the vehicle and step outside, however he refused and instead floored the gas pedal lurching forward and slamming into the garage of the residence. 

The suspect then shifted into reverse and recklessly backed up the driveway at a high rate of speed heading directly toward an ambulance, two firemen and the resident who were standing near the top of the driveway.

One of the two officers on scene fired one round through the windshield of the suspects’ vehicle as it was reversing causing the driver to duck down behind the dash, and the SUV became lodged between the ambulance, the side of the house and some brush, the suspect subsequently surrendered and was arrested.

The 30-year-old suspect was arrested for the offense of Reckless Endangering, Criminal Property Damage, Criminal Trespassing and a “No Bail” probation revocation warrant.  He is currently being held at the Hilo Police Department Detention center pending further investigation. There were no injuries in the incident.

The officer who fired his weapon has 13-years of service with the Hawaiʻi Police Department. As is standard practice in any police-involved shooting, the Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigation Section is conducting a criminal investigation into the shooting and the Office of Professional Standards is conducting an administrative investigation.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the incident to contact Detective Bobbie-Jo Sagon at 961-2375.

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 $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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