A 47-year-old man was arrested by Hawaii County police on Tuesday in Pahoa after an intense 8-hour standoff. The arrest was made on charges of terroristic threatening, firearms, and drug offenses.
Police officers in Hawaii Island converged on a residence in the Kalapana Black Sands subdivision at around 6 a.m. when they encountered resistance from Jameel Comier, a suspect they were attempting to serve a narcotics search warrant to. Comier took refuge inside the house, prompting the officers to surround the premises.
Around 8:30 a.m., the police issued a traffic alert, urging the public to steer clear of the Kalapana Black Sands subdivision.
Neighbors were evacuated, and the SWAT team was mobilized, according to officials.
Officials reported that police vehicles, as well as ambulance and fire crews, were present at the scene.
Assistant Police Chief Kenneth Quiocho expressed deep concern about the situation, explaining that they had received information indicating that the suspect was not only present in the house but that there was also a minor child with him. This alarming revelation heightened their sense of urgency and prompted them to take immediate action.
The police later discovered that there was no child inside the house.
The suspect was finally apprehended when he voluntarily exited the premises at around 2 p.m.