Thursday, October 22, 2009
[HI] Recently resigned Maui Police Sgt. Barry Alford has killed his wife Karolyn and himself
"...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
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
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
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
By Rosemarie Bernardo email@example.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
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
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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