Paul A. Smith, a 27 year old man wanted for a scuffle on a Hawaii Army base that led to a lockdown Thursday and reports of an active shooter has reportedly been arrested.
Smith is described as being 5’10” tall with a mohawk haircut.
Arrest and apprehension
On 28th September 2023, Paul A. Smith was arrested in the evening on Molokai.
No further details were available from either Honolulu or Maui County police.
Officials said the “active shooter situation” was triggered when a man fled with a handgun after getting into a scuffle while trying to talk to soldiers at Schofield Barracks.
Earlier in the day, the Army imposed a lockdown on the military installation as officials searched for the man, described as 5-foot, 10-inches tall, light-skinned and between 25 and 35 years old.
He was seen with a “mohawk-type haircut,” wearing an aloha shirt, light blue jeans and tan Nike foam shoes, the garrison said on its Facebook page.
By 3:20 p.m., the man was reported near the base’s PX/Commissary area, according to the Army.
No shots were fired, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii spokesman Mike Donnelly said.
Earlier in the day, a soldier approached the man, who appeared suspicious, and then brandished what looked like a handgun before assaulting the soldier with it, without firing shots, McGunegle said.
The man had been talking to soldiers, possibly trying to barter or sell goods, when the soldier confronted him and the two got into a scuffle at about 2:30 p.m., Donnelly said.