Police charge Puna man for shooting gun in home


Police charged a Puna man Thursday with several offenses in connection with the discharge of a firearm in his home on Tuesday.

Puna Patrol officers on Tuesday responded to a 4:32 p.m. dropped 911 call, according to the Hawaii Police Department. When they arrived at the home on Orchid Drive in the Ainaloa subdivision, they found a 50-year-old woman, who reported that her husband had brandished a .22-caliber rifle and fired shots next to her head while she was lying in bed.

Police arrested 48-year-old Leighton Kai Jr. and took him to the Hilo police cellblock pending further investigation by the Juvenile Aid Section, which investigates domestic abuse cases.

On Thursday morning, detectives charged Kai with first-degree reckless endangering, first-degree terroristic threatening and two firearms offenses. His bail was set at $6,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Friday.