Hawaii man kills 2 cops, starts fire after landlord tries to evict him
A Hawaii man shot two police officers dead and sparked an inferno that destroyed at least four homes after his landlord tried to evict him on Sunday, according to a local report.
Jerry Hanel allegedly stabbed his landlord and then opened fire on responding cops around 9:30 a.m., near the Honolulu tourist destination of Diamond Head, police sources told Hawaii News Now.
A third officer was injured, with a gunshot wound to the leg, the report said.
Hanel then allegedly set fire to his home — and authorities believe he died in the blaze, the report said.
It’s unclear if the landlord survived.
The flames quickly spread to nearby homes, wiping out at least four and damaging several more.
Several Honolulu Police Department vehicles were also damaged in the fire.
“This is an unprecedented tragedy for not only the City and County of Honolulu but the entire state of Hawaii,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said on Twitter.
“I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the two officers as well as the entire Honolulu Police Department.”
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