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Park Ranger Steve Renard Makuakane-Jarrell | United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

Park Ranger

Steve Renard Makuakane-Jarrell

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Sunday, December 12, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 15 years

Badge # 160

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Hawaii

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Committed

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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.

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Steve, I remember our service together: fighting fire and talking story in Devil's Postpile, then later when I came out to KAHO. You were my friend and cultural guide. You were my friend and mentor. I will never forget our last phone conversation. We shared values and love of history, and I wish I had you here to talk to again. I will never forget you, and I will tell of you for years to come. Rest easy, brother.

Ranger Tom Crockett
NPS-Alaska State Parks-
January 19, 2017

 

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