HILO, Hawaii — Hawaii County police have identified the suspect in a murder-suicide as 50-year-old police officer Christopher R. Kapua-Allison.
Capt. Randall Medeiros said that police found his service weapon near the bodies in his house on Sunday.
“His service weapon was recovered at the scene,” Medeiros said. “We’ll be doing some analysis of its ballistics, but it does appear it was his service weapon is what was used.”
Police said an autopsy revealed both he and his wife, Jolene-Rae K. Kapua-Allison, died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
The autopsy found that the manner of death was homicide for the 54-year-old Jolene-Rae K. Kapua-Allison and suicide for her husband.
Police said Christopher R. Kapua-Allison had been the subject of a criminal investigation into alleged domestic violence prior to the incident.
The officer, who had received an Officer of the Month citation in 2010 for helping negotiate a peaceful resolution to an armed standoff and was honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 2011, 2012 and 2013 for his record of impaired-driving arrests, was assigned to Kona Traffic Enforcement Unit.
Medeiros said he couldn’t go into any internal disciplinary or personnel matters regarding the officer, but said about the Sunday incident, “I don’t think anybody could’ve anticipated this.”
Detectives with the Hilo Criminal Investigation Section are continuing to investigate the murder-suicide.