Two Honolulu police officers were shot and killed when they responded to a call for help Sunday in Waikiki.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that cops had responded to an assault call near the base of Diamond Head when they encountered a man with a firearm, who then opened fire, striking two officers
Police said that the suspect was in the process of being evicted and stabbed his landlady in the leg. Cops who responded to the assault were then shot.
A home that the suspected gunman was believed to be inside caught fire and was quickly engulfed by flames. Local media have not confirmed, but it’s believed that the suspect may be dead in the burning home.
The fire at the home since has spread to at least four neighboring homes and a parked police vehicle, two other women were also missing .
Police believe the suspect, identified as Jerry Hanel, 69, set the blaze after shooting the officers. The flames spread from one house to others and several cars were also in flames.
Police have closed several streets nearby, and the public has been asked to avoid the area.
Hanel’s attorney, Jonathan Burge, told reporters that Hanel suffered from mental illness and believed the authorities were tracking him. Numerous neighbors had taken out restraining orders against Hanel.
“I’ve never known him to be violent,” Burge said, according to the Associated Press. “He’s kind of a quirky guy and had problems.”