Sus­pected of­fi­cer killer de­scribed as ‘de­ranged’

Antelope Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - By CALEB JONES and JEN­NIFER KELLEHER

HONOLULU — A Hawaii handy­man with a his­tory of runins with po­lice and neigh­bors faced evic­tion when he stabbed his land­lord and killed two of­fi­cers be­fore the house he and two women were be­lieved to be in­side burned, au­thor­i­ties and neigh­bors said.

Po­lice re­spond­ing Sun­day to a call for help at the lo­ca­tion found a woman stabbed in the leg and res­i­dent Jaroslav “Jerry” Hanel, be­gan shoot­ing, killing Of­fi­cers Tif­fany En­riquez, a seven-year vet­eran, and Kaulike Kalama, a nine-year vet­eran, Honolulu Po­lice Chief Su­san Bal­lard said.

Po­lice sus­pect Hanel, who was in his 60s, and two women who have not been iden­ti­fied were in­side the house when it caught fire. They were pre­sumed dead and Bal­lard said it could take days to re­cover the re­mains and process ev­i­dence.

The fire de­stroyed seven homes and left oth­ers dam­aged. As it raged, the sound of dozens of ap­par­ent gun­shots rang out.

Bal­lard said no other of­fi­cers were in­jured but au­thor­i­ties were in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether am­mu­ni­tion, in­cen­di­ary de­vices or explosives con­trib­uted to the in­ten­sity of the blaze. The ap­par­ent gun­fire prompted au­thor­i­ties to ini­tially pre­vent fire­fight­ers from ap­proach­ing.

Sgt. Mal­colm Lutu, pres­i­dent of Hawaii’s statewide po­lice union, said he does not have any con­cerns about the ap­proach po­lice took in deal­ing with the sit­u­a­tion.

“They had past deal­ings with him where no vi­o­lence was present,” Lutu said. “Where the shots came from, they were in a no-win sit­u­a­tion.”

Lutu said he knew one of the two of­fi­cers per­son­ally. He said Of­fi­cer Tif­fany En­riquez, 37, was a sin­gle mother of three daugh­ters and had one grand­child.

The home­owner, Lois Cain, had re­cently sought to evict Hanel, who lived in the home for free in ex­change for his work, ac­cord­ing to court records and his lawyer.

A neigh­bor told The As­so­ci­ated Press she saw Cain be­ing put into an am­bu­lance suf­fer­ing from knife wounds. Her con­di­tion was not dis­closed.

The nor­mally peace­ful neigh­bor­hood is at the far end of famed Waikiki Beach.

Ian Felix, a Honolulu res­i­dent and com­bat vet­eran with med­i­cal train­ing, told the AP he was walk­ing by the home when he saw a woman ly­ing on the ground with blood com­ing from her leg.

Felix put a tourni­quet on the woman’s leg un­til the first po­lice of­fi­cer ar­rived. Two more of­fi­cers ar­rived mo­ments later; Felix said he then heard two gun­shots and that he and the of­fi­cer car­ried the in­jured woman into a neigh­bor’s garage. Neigh­bors de­scribed Hanel as men­tally dis­turbed and Bal­lard

said he did not have any gun per­mits.

Hawaii has some of the tough­est gun laws in the U.S. Res­i­dents can’t buy firearms without per­mits ap­proved by lo­cal po­lice, who check data­bases to make sure ap­pli­cants have not been con­victed of felonies or mis­de­meanor crimes.

Peo­ple are also de­nied per­mits if they have been ac­quit­ted of crimes be­cause of men­tal prob­lems or have been di­ag­nosed with sig­nif­i­cant men­tal, be­hav­ioral or emo­tional dis­or­ders.

At­tor­ney Jonathan Burge has rep­re­sented Hanel since 2015 in var­i­ous dis­putes with neigh­bors, in­clud­ing tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­ders that three ob­tained against him. Hanel, a na­tive of the Czech Repub­lic who used Czech in­ter­preters in court, faced a hear­ing next week on a charge of mis­us­ing 911 ser­vices, Burge said Sun­day.

Burge said he never knew Hanel to be vi­o­lent, but that “he’s kind of a quirky guy and had prob­lems.” Hanel be­lieved the gov­ern­ment was watch­ing him and tap­ping his phone, Burge said.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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, in Honolulu.

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