'Unprecedented tragedy': Gunman kills 2 Hawaii officers, sets fire that destroys at least 5 homes, police say

USA TODAY | 1/19/2020 | Staff
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Two police officers were killed Sunday in Honolulu, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said on Twitter, following a string of events that allegedly began with an attempted eviction.

The officers were met with gunfire after responding to a call about a stabbing at a home at the far end of the Waikiki Beach between the Honolulu Zoo and the Diamond Head State Monument. Hawaii News Now, citing police sources, reported the man first stabbed his landlord after she tried to evict him, then fired at responding police officers and set fire to the home.

Condolences - Families - Friends - Colleagues - Tragedy

“As we express our condolences to their families, friends and colleagues, let us also come together to help and support those who have been forever changed by this tragedy,” Ige said.

The officers were taken from the scene to a local hospital and later died, HNN reported. The Honolulu Police Department did not immediately return phone calls from USA TODAY.

Honolulu - Star-Advertiser - Homes - Fire - Suspect

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported 12 homes were impacted by the fire allegedly set by the suspect. Five of the homes were “total losses,” the newspaper said.

No arrests have been made.

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The alleged suspect, Jaroslav “Jerry” Hanel, was living in the home of Lois Cain, according to court documents. Cain recently sought to have Hanel evicted, and a neighbor said she saw Cain being loaded into an ambulance on Sunday with knife wounds.

“Defendant does NOT have a Rental Agreement to occupy the premises and Defendant has no ownership interest in said premises,” read a complaint for eviction that Cain filed last week in court, according...
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