For Immediate Release
ATF Offers $10k Reward on Man who shot and killed Hawai’i Police Officer
SEATTLE—The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Justin Joshua Waiki, who shot and killed Hawai’i Island Police Officer Bronson K. Kaliloa during a traffic stop the evening of Tuesday, July 17.
Kaliloa, a 10-year veteran of the Hawaiʻi Police Department, was married with three children.
The shooting occurred during a traffic stop along Highway 11, in the area of Kukui Camp Road, Mt. View, about 9:47 p.m. Officers approached the vehicle and Waiki exited the driver’s seat door and fired multiple round from what is believed to be a handgun, striking Kaliloa in the neck and leg area. Other officers returned fire, but Waiki was able to flee into the brush.
Officer Kaliloa was transported by the Hawaiʻi Fire Department Medic Unit to the Hilo Medical Center Emergency Room. He underwent surgery, but was pronounced dead at approximately 12:45 a.m.
Waiki is about 5’10” or 5’11” in height, between 145 and 160 pounds, and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and dark colored jacket. He has a large tattoo in the center of his neck.
Waiki has three previous felony convictions for owning/possessing a prohibited weapon, promoting dangerous drugs, and forgery. Waiki is to be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.
Waiki has ties to the Las Vegas area and is wanted on an outstanding no-bail warrant and multiple all-points bulletins, according to a Hawai’i Police Department release.
Anyone with information is asked to call ATF’s toll free hotline at 888-ATF-TIPS (283-8477), the Hawai’i Island police at (808) 935-3311, or Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300. All calls to ATF and Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.
People can also submit a tip through ATF’s new “report it” app available at www.reportit.com and at Google Play and the Apple App Store. All tips are confidential and can be anonymous.
More information about ATF and its programs are available at www.atf.gov.
*Image courtesy of the Hawai'i Police Department