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Charges Filed in U.W. Shooting

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State v. Hokoana

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Charges Filed in U.W. Shooting

The King County Prosecutor’s Office today charged a 29-year-old woman in connection with a shooting that occurred during a protest on the University of Washington campus in January. The victim, a 34-year-old man, was shot once in the abdomen outside Kane Hall on January 20.

The defendant, Elizabeth Hokoana, was charged this morning with Assault in the First Degree with a firearm enhancement. Her husband, 29-year-old Marc Hokoana, was charged with Assault in the Third Degree for his involvement in the incident.

“The evidence will show that these defendants took a gun into a volatile protest in Red Square, and that Marc Hokoana engaged in several provocative acts, including using pepper spray on the crowd,” said Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney.  “The crowd reacted predictably to being pepper sprayed, but the evidence will show that at the time Elizabeth Hokoana fired her pistol that her husband was not in imminent danger,” he added.

University of Washington Police Chief John Vinson praised the support received from both the Seattle and campus communities. He said, “Cooperation from witnesses, including several people sending us video of the incident contributed to our detectives determining what happened.”

Both defendants are scheduled for arraignment on May 3 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.  

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