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Thursday, October 22, 2009

[HI] Recently resigned Maui Police Sgt. Barry Alford has killed his wife Karolyn and himself


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"...Police now say one of the dead was one of their own..."


...Alford's daughter was on the phone with her mother Karolyn at the time of the shooting and quickly called 911. "I was just speaking with my mother and I could hear them screaming and then I think I heard a gun, a gun shoot”... Barry Alford worked for the Maui police department off and on from 1985 until April of last year...

EX-OFFICER'S DEATH A SUICIDE, WIFE'S A HOMICIDE, POLICE SAY
Honolulu Advertiser
October 21, 2009
[Excerpts] A former Maui police officer shot his wife and himself in an apparent murder-suicide Monday, the Maui Police Department said yesterday. Officials yesterday identified the victims as , 59, and Karolyn Alford, 58. The two were found dead of gunshot wounds in their Makawao home Monday night... Karolyn Alford was a former employee of Kapalua Land Co. [Full article here]

...Karolyn Alford was "a very nice, sweet woman." "During the holidays she made Christmas fudge and brought us a pan... she would always come over and give me a hug. I'm heartbroken and sad to know what happened to good neighbors like that"...

MAUI COUPLE SHOT TO DEATH Bodies of ex-officer, wife found at home in apparent murder-suicide
Honolulu Advertiser
By Christie Wilson
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
[Excerpts] ...Maui police said officers responding to a 911 call at 10:15 p.m. Monday found the couple inside their home... Since investigators were still waiting yesterday to formally identify the victims, the Police Department said it would not issue any information on Barry Alford's employment record until their names are released. Autopsies are scheduled for today. However, several police officers told The Advertiser that Alford resigned from the Maui police force years ago and was hired back, eventually attaining the rank of lieutenant. He resigned a second time to move to Las Vegas, then returned to Maui and was rehired as a sergeant. He resigned a third time, within the past year, said the police officers, who did not want to be identified because they weren't authorized to speak about the case... Becky Serrato, 53, said the Alfords were "nice neighbors" and that Karolyn Alford was "a very nice, sweet woman." "During the holidays she made Christmas fudge and brought us a pan. She knew we had boys... I work at the floral department at Foodland (in Pukalani) and she would always come over and give me a hug. I'm heartbroken and sad to know what happened to good neighbors like that"... [Full article here]

..."It's a sad day for the Maui Police Department, being that Barry Alford was a former employee of our department," Maui County Police Chief Gary Yabuta said Wednesday. "We just want to continue to support the family through this terrible tragedy"...

MURDER-SUICIDE INVESTIGATED AT MAKAWAO HOME
Maui News
By Lila Fujimoto and Melissa Tanji
October 21, 2009
[Excerpts] ...Another neighbor, Kanani Keau, said she didn't hear anything unusual Monday night. But she did see many police cars at the home. "I knew something bad wen' happen," she said Tuesday morning. She said she didn't know the man well but knew his wife, Karolyn. She said the woman brought her plants and flowers for special occasions and also fudge. Keau said she house-sat for the couple about two years ago, taking care of their two dogs... [Full article here]


EX-OFFICER SHOOTS HIS WIFE BEFORE KILLING HIMSELF, MAUI POLICE SAY
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By Rosemarie Bernardo rbernardo@starbulletin.com
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 22, 2009
[Excerpts] ...In a statement, Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta said, "We are saddened for the family of the late Barry and Karolyn Alford. The department will be missing a fine former employee. Former Sgt. Alford was a dependable employee until he decided to resign in April 2008"... The couple is survived by a daughter.
[Full article here]

... Alford had worked as a police officer for more than 17 years during three employment stints with the Maui Police Department...

911 CALL OF THE MOMENTS AFTER MAUI MURDER-SUICIDE
khon2.com
Last Update: 10/21 10:10 pm
...Alford's daughter was on the phone with her mother Karolyn at the time of the shooting and quickly called 911. "I was just speaking with my mother and I could hear them screaming and then I think I heard a gun, a gun shoot,” said the victim’s daughter in the 911 call. “And I could hear screaming and fighting in the background and I just tried calling her and now her phone is busy.” Barry Alford worked for the Maui police department off and on from 1985 until April of last year. [Full article here]

FORMER OFFICER SHOT WIFE, THEN SELF
Maui News
By Lila Fujimoto
POSTED: October 22, 2009
[Excerpts] WAILUKU - A former Maui police officer shot himself once in the head after shooting his wife twice in what police are investigating as a murder-suicide Monday night at a Makawao home... Police said autopsy results showed Barry Alford died from a self-inflicted single gunshot wound to his head. Karolyn Alford was killed by two gunshot wounds, to her head and her chest, police said. "It's a sad day for the Maui Police Department, being that Barry Alford was a former employee of our department," Maui County Police Chief Gary Yabuta said Wednesday. "We just want to continue to support the family through this terrible tragedy." Alford had worked as a police officer for more than 17 years during three employment stints with the Maui Police Department. According to police, he first joined the department on April 16, 1985, before resigning on July 14, 1987. He was rehired on June 16, 1990, and was promoted to sergeant and then lieutenant before resigning on Nov. 3, 2000. He was again rehired as a sergeant on Feb. 18, 2003, and worked at the receiving desk of the Wailuku Police Station before resigning on April 30, 2008... "He always seemed pleasant at work," said Capt. Charles Hirata. "I think it's sad." Capt. Larry Hudson, who got to know Alford both on and off the job, said he was surprised to hear about what happened. "He was very professional, and he was personable at the same time," Hudson said. "It's very sad for all the families involved." Noting that the deaths occurred during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Lucy Feinberg, Maui regional director of Parents And Children Together, said the tragedy underscores the message to "stop the silence on domestic violence"... She said neighbors can help by looking out for each other and calling 911 if something seems wrong. "You never know - you might be in a position to save someone's life," Feinberg said. "If you hear something that seems very odd, it's better to call and let the police investigate. If it's nothing, then it's a few minutes of people's lives." She said some people mistakenly believe only certain people are affected by domestic violence. "It happens any time and anywhere," Feinberg said. "We know that it's across all incomes, all ethnic groups"... [Full article here]
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10 comments:

  1. Karolyn's been stolen. I will be adding their daughter to my prayers.

    Karolyn is such a pretty name.

    I am so sorry this has happened.

    How awful.

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  2. Our prayers are with the family.

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  3. murder / suicide is a tradition in maui county most of them involved tro. where women were caught violating it and got the man arrested.or had contact with men and got them arrested instead of beaing told by police and judges keep away from him. he killed himself for nothing he wasent going to be prosecuted former police officrs have speciall protection as though there employed. more to come

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  4. Are you kidding me???!!! This is not a "tradition" in Maui County, and whether or not he was a police officer, our prosecutors would do what needed to be done! Get your head out of your a$$!

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  5. no one in thier right mind would ever ever believe or trust ANY maui "policeman".

    with cops like this,, who needs criminals.

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  6. I don't normally let cop hater stuff through but your punch line was more specific - and cute.

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  7. The "QUALITY" of the MANAGEMENT structure within the Maui PD are also to BLAME.....

    FACT - Officer resigns, then is rehired. ( WHY )?
    FACT - Officer again resigns and again is re-hired. He is not stable at this point, but again is re-hired.
    FACT - Officer again, resigns for a third time, then moves off the island to Las Vegas, then moves back to maui and again is re-hired.

    What in God's name is going on in this department.? The F.B.I. should open a file on whomever it was the blessed this
    "TICKING TIME-BOMB MURDERER".... in being rehired so many times.

    I will NEVER visit the island of Maui...

    Rest in peace Karolyn Alford, you were MURDERED by your HUSBAND, a POLICE OFFICER.!!!!

    May God have DESTROYED the soul of "BARRY ALFORD" by tearing it to pieces and casting it into the eternal bowels of fiery hell.

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  8. Hey Barry it was nice knowing and working with you. See you in hell.

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  9. What goes on in the police department? They were supposed to investigate the murder of a man on Christmas Day....nothing has come of it.

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