- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Hilo man who was shot and killed by police on Monday had been awaiting a mental health examination and substance abuse treatment, according to court records.

The evaluation and treatment for Kalyp Rapoza had been ordered in a contempt of court case, in which he allegedly failed to comply with court orders related to a marijuana conviction. Court records also show Rapoza was placed on four years of probation after pleading guilty in September to burglary, terroristic threatening and promoting a dangerous drug, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1tjBmxK).

Rapoza was killed by a Hawaii Police Department officer one day after his 25th birthday. Police say the officer had been responding to a disturbance report at a Hilo home when he encountered a knife-wielding man with a pit bull that had earlier chased paramedics into their vehicle. The officer fired several shots, killing Rapoza and the dog.

The department says there will be criminal and administrative investigations into the shootings.

The officer involved has been with the department for three years and has been placed on administrative leave.

The Monday incident marked the third fatal shooting by police in Hilo this year. Officers shot and killed Ronald Barawis of Kailua-Kona on Feb. 5 outside a McDonald’s restaurant. Scottie I.K. Yanagawa was fatally shot by police four days later in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Both men were suspects in a Jan. 31 shooting in Hilo that left William “Willie Boy” Holbron-Kealoha hospitalized. A third man, John Perez III, who was paroled recently for a 1991 murder, is charged with attempted second-degree murder in that shooting.


Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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