2 Women Are Unaccounted For in Honolulu Tragedy

Jerry Hanel presumed dead after incident that left 2 police officers dead, 7 homes destroyed
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2020 4:45 PM CST
Honolulu firefighters work with police to extinguish a house fire after a shooting and domestic incident at a residence on Hibiscus Road near Diamond Head on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Honolulu.   (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)
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(Newser) – In the wake of the Hawaii shooting and subsequent fire that left two police officers dead and destroyed seven homes in Honolulu's Diamond Head neighborhood, details are coming out about suspect Jerry Hanel. The 69-year-old was being evicted by his landlady Sunday morning when he allegedly attacked her, stabbing her and another woman with a three-pronged garden tool; he then allegedly shot at the police officers who responded to the scene and, police believe, set the fire that engulfed the home and ultimately spread to a dozen others, plus multiple vehicles including a police car; KHON says an "entire neighborhood" was destroyed. What we know about him, plus more from the tragedy:

  • "Weirdo": KHON and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser spoke to neighbors, witnesses, and Hanel's attorney and also looked at court records to learn Hanel had a history of mental health struggles and issues with his neighbors, including alleged assault against one. Seven people had restraining orders against him, including at least three neighbors. "He was a weirdo," says one neighbor who told the paper he tried to avoid Hanel. Another says he had lately been acting "crazy." He had reportedly lived in the home for 15 years, and another neighbor says he had been warning Hanel's landlady that entire time that Hanel was "a sick guy."

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