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Police say man shot himself after hours-long barricade situation in Kahala Hotel and Resort room

Posted: Apr 11, 2021 / 08:07 AM HST / Updated: Apr 11, 2021 / 09:34…

Police say man shot himself after hours-long barricade situation in Kahala Hotel and Resort room


HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Honolulu Police Department says the SWAT team went into the Kahala Hotel room where a man barricaded himself around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, April 11 where they found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police confirm no on else was injured.

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An attempted murder and reckless endangering cases have been opened.

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The Kahala Hotel and Resort was on lockdown on Saturday, April 10, after shots were reportedly fired around 5:40 p.m.

Police sources told KHON2 a male suspect barricaded himself inside a room on the fourth floor of the hotel after firing a weapon. According to police, the suspect then fired multiple shots through the hotel room door from inside when security responded.

“The report of the shots fired occurred and security had gone to the hotel room to investigate, and while they were there apparently the suspect shot through the door,” said Honolulu Police Department Captain Brian Lynch.

Dozens of people were instructed to shelter in the ballroom of the hotel. Rex Jakovovits was on the property when officials arrived.

“All of the sudden I heard the police yelling at me like, ‘get out, get out!’” explained Rex Jakovovits, witness at The Kahala Hotel & Resort. “I didn’t know what was going on. Then I saw they had their guns and they were all, you know, in an intense moment. So I just ran into the restaurant and then they herded us all into the ballroom.”

Surrounding rooms next to the suspect were evacuated, and there is no longer a risk of danger to any guests or staff, police said.

Negotiators were in place as of 9 p.m. and are attempting to bring a peaceful end to the barricade situation. The negotiating team was still trying to resolve the issue as of 10 p.m.

KHON2 asked if the suspect was local. Police responded by saying he is believed to be in the military.

Staff at the hotel report that they have instructed guests to take shelter until further notice.

The Kahala issued the following statement Sunday:

We are deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred last night on our property, and we are focused on supporting our guests and employees at this time.  We thank the law enforcement officers who responded quickly to ensure everyone’s safety. We are working with the Honolulu Police Department as they conduct their investigation and ask that questions about this incident be addressed to HPD.