PUHI – Following an overnight investigation, police have confirmed additional details in the murder-suicide that occurred Monday night at the Halelani Village condominium project in Puhi.
Police have identified the female victim as 42-year-old Celestae Gibbons, and the male suspect as Celestae’s estranged husband, Justin Gibbons, age 45.
According to police, at approximately 10 p.m., Celestae was arriving home with her nine-year-old daughter. Upon exiting her vehicle, she was approached by her estranged husband, while their daughter sat in the backseat.
An argument ensued outside of the woman’s vehicle when Justin then shot her. Celestae ran into a nearby unit to seek shelter, when Justin followed her inside of the unit and shot her again, resulting in her death.
The man then ran outside of the complex where he fatally shot himself.
Both Justin and Celestae Gibbons were pronounced dead at the scene.
The daughter of the deceased couple was not physically injured. She is now in the custody of Child Protective Services until custody can be turned over to family.
This case remains under police investigation.
PUHI – Police have confirmed two fatalities as a result of an apparent murder-suicide that occurred in Puhi Monday night.
Police were called to an apartment complex on Hanalima Street shortly after 10 p.m. for reports of multiple shots fired. Officers arrived to the scene to find a 45-year-old male and 42-year-old female dead of apparent gunshot wounds.
Detectives believe that male suspect shot and killed the female before killing himself.
Police have not yet released their identities.
The incident continues to be investigated by police. Updates will be given as information becomes available.
HANAPEPE – Kaua‘i police have confirmed this year’s fifth traffic fatality after a Kekaha man died of injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash that occurred on Monday, May 23 in Hanapēpē.
At approximately 1 p.m., the 63-year-old Jeffrey Nitta was heading east on Kaumuali‘i Highway, near the Lele Road intersection, when he began driving erratically. Witnesses reported seeing the Chevrolet pickup veer into the eastbound shoulder then swerve into the oncoming lane, eventually hitting an embankment on the westbound shoulder. The impact caused the truck to flip onto the driver’s side.
Medics transported Nitta to Wilcox Hospital. He was then medevaced to Queen’s Hospital where he remained in critical condition until he died on Monday, one week after the crash.
Nitta did not have any passengers in his vehicle when the incident occurred.
An autopsy will be conducted.