A Pāhoa man arrested Tuesday afternoon, (December 19), in connection with a hostage situation in Puna was flown to an Oʻahu hospital for additional treatment of his injuries.
At 5:39 a.m., that morning, police responded to a report of a shooting on Nohea Street in the Leilani Estates Subdivision. Officers located the victim, a 25-year-old Keaʻau man, on the side of the roadway with multiple gunshot wounds to his body.
The victim told police that he and his 30-year-old female passenger were being followed by a blue sport-utility vehicle in the Leilani Estates Subdivision that was driven by the suspect. Both vehicles stopped on Nohea Street where the two men got into a confrontation on the roadway.
Following an argument, the victim was reportedly shot several times by the suspect who then ordered the woman into the suspect’s SUV before fleeing the area. The victim was transported by ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center where he remains in stable condition.
An officer encountered the suspect’s SUV turning into a residence on Leilani Avenue. As the officer approached the driveway on foot, he heard several gunshots coming from the vicinity of the residence. The officer was forced to leave his vehicle on the roadway and establish a perimeter on foot with the assistance of other responding officers. The police officer was not injured.
Police asked neighboring residents to evacuate the area, for their own safety and the department’s Special Response Team was called to the scene. The incident was treated as a hostage situation after investigators learned the suspect barricaded himself in the residence with the 30-year-old woman along with four juvenile females. During the standoff, intermittent gunshots fired from the residence struck the unattended police vehicle that was left on the roadway.
The standoff ended around 2:00 p.m., when the suspect, 33-year-old Jovin Chang, walked out to Leilani Avenue with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his face. A rifle was later recovered from the property. Chang was arrested for second-degree attempted murder and immediately taken to a staging ambulance. He was transported to the Hilo Medical Center in critical condition under police escort.
Due to the seriousness of his injuries, Chang was released from police custody later that evening when he was flown to Oʻahu for further treatment. He remains at the Queen’s Medical Center and has since been upgraded to serious condition.
The hostages, who are all related to Chang, were found to be physically unharmed.
Anyone who witnessed this incident or may information about it is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Grant Todd of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2381 or [email protected].
Hostage incident ends in Puna with the arrest of a 33-year-old Leilani man.
A hostage standoff in Leilani Estates ended just after 2:00 p.m. after the suspect emerged from the residence he barricaded himself in since early this morning. After coming out of the home, the suspect shot himself in the facial area with a rifle. Medics were on scene and he was immediately transported to the Hilo Medical Center for treatment. The suspect has been identified as Jovin Chang of Leilani Estates.
After an early morning shooting that injured a 25-year-old male party Chang was located at an address on Leilani Boulevard. Chang barricaded himself in the residence with five individuals. The hostages were five females ages nine, fourteen, eleven, sixteen and thirty. They were all unharmed in this incident.
Leilani Boulevard remains closed as police continue this investigation.
Hawaiʻi Police are investigating an ongoing hostage incident in the Leilani Estates subdivision in Puna.
This morning at about 5:40 a.m., Puna District Patrol Officers responded to a call of a shooting on Nohea Street. A 25-year-old male victim was located shot several times about his body. That male victim was then transported to Hilo Medical Center where he remains in stable condition.
The suspect in this shooting was then located at a residence on Leilani Boulevard where he barricaded himself inside. This incident is currently being investigated as a hostage situation, and the Hawaiʻi Police Department Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiators are on the scene.
The suspect, in this case, is believed to be armed with a firearm.
Leilani Boulevard between Highway 130 and Hapuu Street remains closed and neighboring residents have been asked to evacuate. Police ask that members of the public avoid the area for their safety as well as that of the first responders in the area.