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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:27 p.m., Friday, November 22, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Flash-Bang helps end home standoff

Police Specialized Services Division officers early today used a nonlethal Flash-Bang distraction cartridge so they could enter a Wahiawa home and end a nine-hour standoff without anyone being seriously injured.

Jordan Balcita, 26, who barricaded himself inside his former girlfriend's residence at 82 Kaliponi St., was taken into custody at 2:30 a.m. today and charged with violating a temporary restraining order. His bail is set at $2,000.

An officer responding to the TRO violation complaint at 5:30 p.m. yesterday saw Balcita armed with two knives, one of them about 15 inches long, standing inside the doorway, police said. Balcita allegedly told the officer, "kill me, I want to die," police said.

Since no one else was in the house, the officer backed off. Negotiators were called to the scene and were talking to Balcita until 2:20 a.m., when the decision was made to go inside.

The Flash-Bang impact round, which produces a bright flash and loud sound, was fired from a shotgun into the house. Officers forced their way in as Balcita fled into a bathroom. Physical force was used in the arrest. Balcita was treated for a bruise on the chin at Wahiawa General Hospital and released to police.

Police said the house was "totally trashed" by the suspect.

Motorcycle passenger injured

A 20-year-old man, who was a passenger on a motorcycle that veered into the path of a car last night in La'ie, is in critical condition today at The Queen's Medical Center.

Another man, 22, is in guarded condition at Queen's. He was driving the 1994 Kawasaki motorcycle that veered into the path of a 1989 Honda Accord on Kaupau Place after turning right off Kamehameha Highway at 10:55 p.m.

Two men, ages 25 and 20, who were in the car, escaped serious injury.

Police identify man killed in Puna

Big Island police today identified the man shot to death in Puna yesterday as 61-year-old Samuel Soo Kim of Kapoho. Kim was shot with a shotgun at about 4 a.m., police said.

A 55-year-old man, who is Kim's neighbor, was arrested at the scene as a suspect. The homicide investigation is continuing.