32-year-old man charged with shootout with officers in Hilo
February 6. Hawaii Island Police have charged 32-year-old Aina Kealoha Bill Kachero of Hilo with multiple offenses after he reportedly pointed his gun at officers late Friday morning in Hilo.
Cachero was charged with second-degree robbery, first-degree theft, unauthorized driving, general crime against property, and two counts of first-degree terrorist threat.
His bail was set at $80,000.
The allegations relate to an incident reported around 11:35 a.m. Friday, in which South Hilo Patrol officers contacted the 500 block of Kukuau Street in Hilo with a report of an active theft of a car from a home. The suspect was reported to have entered the victim’s truck and began driving away before being physically stopped and taken away by the vehicle’s owner.
Arriving officers were provided with a description of the suspect, later identified as Cachero, and informed that he had just left the area on foot. Additional arriving officers immediately searched the area for the suspect.
At approximately 11:56 a.m., officers found a man matching the description of the suspect walking south down Kumukoa Street. When the officers tried to contact the man to identify him, he immediately began to run away, at which point he was seen reaching for his belt, pulling out a dark-colored pistol and turning towards the officers. One of the officers drew his weapon and the officers gave verbal commands. The suspect ignored the police commands and one of the officers subsequently fired his service weapon, hitting the suspect in the upper shoulder.
Arriving at the scene, the police immediately provided first aid to the suspect, until the Hawaii Fire Department medics arrived. Cachero was arrested and taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center where he was treated and released shortly after 4:30 pm. He was then taken to the Hilo police cell block pending investigation.
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There were no reports of injuries.
Cachero was not charged with any crimes involving firearms. The weapon he pulled from his belt was later examined. Although its appearance, size, and weight matched that of a semi-automatic pistol, the weapon used by Cachero proved to be a non-functional firearm in this case.
His first court appearance is set for Monday afternoon at Hilo District Court.
The Office of Occupational Standards has launched an internal administrative investigation into the shooting.
The officer, a five-year HPD veteran, was placed on administrative leave pending an internal review of the incident, the department said.
HPD asks all witnesses to call the emergency line at 808-935-3311 or Detective Paul Mangus of Site I Criminal Investigation at 808-961-2383 or [email protected]
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