2 Officers Dead in Waikiki Shooting, 'Siege'

Suspect, who also started fire that engulfed multiple homes, believed to be dead
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2020 3:02 PM CST
Updated Jan 19, 2020 4:46 PM CST
FBI Responding to Active Shooter in Waikiki
A Honolulu police officer carries an assault rifle near the scene of multiple house fires in a Diamond Head neighborhood, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Honolulu, following a shooting in which two police officers were shot.   (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Two Honolulu, Hawaii, police officers were killed Sunday morning in a situation that quickly turned into a "siege." Sources tell KHON 2 it started when police were called to a home near the base of Diamond Head, where a landlord was reportedly trying to evict a tenant. The tenant allegedly stabbed the landlord, then shot at the three officers who responded to the assault call; sources say two of the officers died at the hospital. The home then started burning and was "quickly engulfed by flames," per the AP; the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the fire ultimately spread to a dozen homes, with at least five being a total loss as of this writing. Live ammunition inside the original home could be heard exploding hours after the fire started, and the fires also caused live electrical wires to fall onto the street.

"I was walking my dogs and now we’re under siege. This has never happened before here," said a local resident in a Facebook Live video she posted of the homes on fire, with heavily armed officers in view, per the Daily Beast. "It’s pretty sad. Pray for us, please. Pray for us." Hawaii News Now reports the suspect is believed to be dead and has been named as Jerry Hanel, who has a history of violence and false 911 calls. A third police officer was shot in the leg, and the landlord was taken to a hospital; her condition was not known. "This is an unprecedented tragedy for not only the City and County of Honolulu but the entire state of Hawaii,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said. “I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the two officers as well as the entire Honolulu Police Department." (Read more Hawaii stories.)

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