KAHULUI -- A man emerged from an Opukea Street residence and was taken into police custody around 2:40 p.m. Thursday, but he was not 22-year-old fugitive Josiah Okudara, who remained in the home and continued talking with police.
The man left the residence peacefully, was put in the back of a Maui police vehicle and taken away. He is apparently the other person who had been in the house with Okudara, who police have sought on attempted murder and other charges.
Law enforcement officers searching for Okudara found him at the Opukea residence at 1 p.m. Wednesday, but he barricaded himself inside. That began a stalemate with police that continues after 3 p.m. Thursday.
Shots were reported at the residence around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. A neighbor said police fired smoke grenades, and shots from within home rang out. Another neighbor said he heard at least seven shots.
No injuries were reported, and Maui Police Department spokesman Wayne Ibarra said police did not return fire.
Other people -- two women and a child -- left the home peacefully less than an hour before the gunfire erupted.
At least a dozen residents of neighboring homes were evacuated and sought refuge around 1 a.m. at the Kahului Community Center.
Okudara has been sought by police for questioning in a May 14 fatal vehicle crash. Tiare Franco, 22, of Haiku died after she was ejected from a truck that went off Kahekili Highway between Waihee and Kahakuloa. Okudara has been described as a person of interest in that case.
He also is wanted on two grand jury warrants.
Last year, a Maui County grand jury indicted Okudara on charges, including first- and second-degree attempted murder, in connection with a July 24, 2010, shooting in a Waiehu neighborhood. A 30-year-old man was hospitalized after being shot in the thigh, police said.
Okudara also is wanted in a felony drug case.