Police Charge Suspect Following Armed Dispute in Ainaloa

Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged 45-year-old Shawn Lee Galigo of Puna following an armed dispute in Ainaloa.

On Thursday, September 9, 2021, Puna patrol officers responded to a reported neighbor dispute involving gunshots on Maile Way in the Ainaloa subdivision. Responding officers learned that Galigo and a male neighbor had been involved in a verbal dispute fronting Galigo’s residence.  Galigo then reportedly brandished a pistol and fired it. There were no reported injuries.
After a brief search in the area for Galigo, the department’s Special Response Team assisted in searching the residence. It was later determined that Galigo was not within the residence and it was believed he left the area on foot prior to police arrival.  Area I Criminal Investigation Section personnel responded to the scene to assist.  Detectives served a warrant on the residence and recovered a rifle and ammunition.

Galigo turned himself in at the Hilo Police Station on Friday September 10, 2021

After conferring with Hawai’i County Prosecutors, detectives charged Galigo with first-degree terroristic threatening, and two counts of ownership/possession (firearm/ammunition) prohibited. His bail for those charges is set at $30,000.  On Saturday, September 11, 2021. Galigo was also arrested and charged on two outstanding warrants with a total bail of $1,150.
He remains in police custody pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday, September 13, 2021 in Hilo District Court.

Police are asking anyone who may have been in the area and witnessed this incident to contact the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Casey Cabral at (808) 961-2381 or via email at casey.cabral@hawaiicounty.gov.


Photo credit: Hawaiʻi County Police Department

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