UPDATE: NPS Officer Involved in Shooting Incident

Updated on July 8 to include HPD information.

The Hawai`i Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that involved a Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park ranger at Manuka State Park.

At about 1:15 p.m., Kaʻū Patrol Officers responded to a reported shooting involving a Law Enforcement Ranger from HVNP.

The Ranger, a 30-year-old male, attempted to make a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle at Manuka State Park.  At some point the ranger opened fire on the vehicle and the vehicle fled the area.  The ranger was unharmed.

At 6:15 p.m. on Friday, the suspect, 39-year-old David Gouveia of Kailua-Kona, was arrested in Kona.  Gouveia was treated and released from Kona Community Hospital after sustaining minor injuries from a bullet that struck his hand and grazed his neck during the encounter with the ranger.

Gouveia was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle for the stolen vehicle he was driving and his bail was set at $2,000.  He was released pending further investigations for attempted murder in the 2nd degree.

The shooting incident occurred outside of the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to call Detective Dominic Uyetake at 326-4646, ext. 228.

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.

Original story published on July 6.

A National Park Service law enforcement officer was involved in a shooting with the occupant of a stolen vehicle at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

The incident began in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s Kahuku Unit in the Ka‘ū District, about an hour’s drive south of the park’s main entrance, and continued outside of the park when the driver fled. 

While attempting to stop the driver at Manuka State Park, an altercation ensued and shots were fired by the NPS officer.

The incident is under investigation by Hawaii Police Department and the National Park Service. 

NPS file image.