Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 15 years
Badge # 160
Weapon: Officer's handgun
Park Ranger Steve Makuakane-Jarrell was shot and killed in Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii. His body was found by a visitor to the park in a brushy area, with his service weapon missing.
Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell had responded to a visitor's complaint of a man with three unleashed dogs. Upon confronting the suspect, a struggled ensued in which Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell used his pepper spray. The suspect gained control of Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell's service weapon and shot him several times, including a fatal shot while he lay on the ground, wounded.
The suspect was arrested several days later and charged with the murder of a United States Park Ranger. In 2006 the suspect was found not guilty be reason of insanity and committed to a federal mental institution.
Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell had served with the National Park Service for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.