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Search for man wanted in Kona shooting ends with his arrest

KAILUA-KONA — A Kona man wanted in a shooting was apprehended after 11 days on the lam.

According a release issued by Hawaii Island police Sunday evening, Walter Gomes III was located and arrested without incident in the South Kona area by Kona patrol officers. Police Department spokesman Alan Richmond said further information regarding the incident would not be released until today.

Gomes is wanted for a reported shooting after a woman turned up March 20 at Kona Community Hospital with a gunshot wound to the face. Police first encountered the 41-year-old March 21 in Kona by Costco.

At that time, officers opened fire on Gomes as police say he refused commands and drove at police vehicles.

Gomes was located later that day in North Kohala. Police fired their weapons at the suspect again in Hawi at the Minit Stop and Ohana Fuels and again by Hoea Road, where he crashed into a police vehicle before disappearing into the North Kohala brush.

North Kohala communities have been on edge for more than a week. A police presence has been seen around Hawi as law enforcement continued the investigation into how Gomes evaded capture.

Email Tiffany DeMasters at tdemasters@westhawaiitoday.com.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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