News

SK fugitive's death ruled a suicide

A fugitive killed last week in Bremerton after a police chase apparently died by committing suicide with a handgun.

According to results of a coroner’s investigation released Wednesday by the Washington State Patrol, Kyle L. K. Hoapili, 27, of Port Orchard, killed himself after shooting at Bremerton police officers following a chase begun by Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies.

The State Patrol is conducting the investigation.

Hoapili was found dead behind a residence in the 2100 block of Fifth Street.

No officers were injured in the altercation.

Hoapili had two felony warrants at the time of his death, said Trooper Todd Bartolac.

One was issued by the state Department of Corrections for a parole violation, the other was an arrest warrant issued in Kitsap County for kidnapping.

Bartolac said the coroner’s report was released to shed light on the incident for the public, but other details — such as why deputies initiated the stop — would be released later to ensure the integrity of the inquiry.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” Bartolac said, “and we don’t want to compromise it by letting information out before everything is all squared away.”

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the latest Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 17 edition online now. Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates