By JOHN BURNETT
Tribune-Herald staff writer
Police are seeking a 47-year-old Mountain View man they describe as possibly armed and dangerous after a reported gunshot incident on Tuesday in Olaa Reservation Lots subdivision.
Police say a 39-year-old Mountain View woman told police that at about 3:30 p.m., she was at the Overview Road home of James Gannon Coffey, an acquaintance, allegedly to retrieve her property. The woman told police that she and Coffey had a verbal confrontation, then, as she was leaving, she heard what sounded like a gunshot. She said as she turned toward the suspect, he allegedly pointed what appeared to be a firearm at her and discharged another round.
The woman, who was not injured, fled and reported the incident to police.
The incident has been classified as second-degree attempted murder; no charges have yet been filed. Detectives want to question Coffey, who is described as Caucasian, 5-feet-10, about 150 pounds, with hazel eyes and short graying hair. He may be driving a brown, late-model Toyota pickup truck.
“We’re still actively investigating the case and he is not in custody; he remains at large,” police Lt. Greg Esteban said late Thursday afternoon. Esteban wouldn’t say whether the firearm allegedly used was a handgun, rifle or shotgun.
Coffey is also wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for revocation of probation. He is on five-years probation after pleading guilty on Jan. 27 to two counts of second-degree commercial promotion of marijuana, a felony.
In return for his plea, charges of first-degree commercial promotion of marijuana, attempted first-degree commercial promotion of marijuana and three counts of possessing drug paraphernalia were dropped. Hawaii law prohibits probationers and convicted felons from owning or possessing firearms.
A search of court records shows no prior criminal record in Hawaii for Coffey.
Anyone with information on this case or who knows Coffey’s whereabouts is asked to call Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or email him at email@example.com. Police advise that Coffey may be armed and could be dangerous. Anyone who encounters Coffey is advised not to make contact, but to instead call police.
Those who prefer anonymity may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Email John Burnett at jburnett@hawaiitribune- herald.com.