Another slaying in a small Big Island community

Nanawale Estates man killed

 UPDATED 3:05 PM HST May 21, 2013

Hawaii County police officers are trying to piece together what led to the killing of a Big Island man Monday afternoon.

Police ended up with a pair of crime scenes after they were called to a home in Nanawale Estates, located on the southeastern side of the island.

After receiving an initial report of a shooting, officers arrived at the home and found a man inside, dead from gunshot wounds.

After finding the man's body, police began a search for the suspect. That search took them to Hawaiian Paradise Park, where just a short time later they had a man in custody.

"Apparently, the subject was an acquaintance of a resident here. Information police developed brought us to this location," said Lt. Gregory Esteban, with Hawaii Co. Police Department.

Esteban added that the suspect was arrested without incident and is now behind bars. He reportedly lives in Nanawale Estates as well.

Nanawale Estates is a small community on the Big Island, but it has been frequently in the news. Even though there are only about 1,400 people who live there, it's a place where several serious crimes have happened in just the past few years.

Those crimes include a major meth lab bust and other murders.

In the latest Big island case, the suspect hasn't been charged yet, but police expect to file murder charges in the slaying.

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