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Police still seeking man in connection with summer 2012 shooting

Big Island police are renewing their request for information about a man wanted in connection with a July shooting in Puna.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. July 3, a 39-year-old Mountain View woman reported she had been at the suspect’s home on Overview Road in Mountain View to retrieve her property when they got into a verbal confrontation. The victim reportedly heard what sounded like a gunshot. The suspect allegedly pointed what appeared to be a firearm at her and discharged another round. The woman was not injured, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

The incident is classified as a second-degree attempted murder, police said.

Detectives want to question 47-year-old James Gannon Coffey, who lives on Overview Road in Mountain View. He is described as Caucasian, 5 foot 10 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds. He has hazel eyes and short, graying hair. He may be operating a brown, late-model Toyota pickup truck. He is also wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant, police said.

Police said the public should not contact Coffey, because “he may be armed and dangerous.” Instead, anyone with information on this case or on his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or email

Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.