Arrest Made in Fatal Shooting Behind Wheeler Mission: Suspect in Custody for Murder Charges

On January 9, 2024, officers responded to a shooting report at Wheeler Mission. A 52-year-old man was found deceased in a tent with gunshot wounds. Witnesses identified the suspect, Kuuleilehaunani, reportedly in a relationship with the victim. Witnesses described a heated argument with Kuuleilehaunani holding a revolver, firing shots into the victim’s tent before fleeing. After extensive investigations, Kuuleilehaunani was located on January 19th, arrested without incident, and charged with murder. The accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty, as per Indiana law.

Here is a press release from the Bloomington Police Department:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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January 19, 2024

For more information, please contact:

Captain Ryan Pedigo

Bloomington Police Department

Bloomington Police Investigate Shooting – UPDATE

On January 9, 2024, at approximately 1:45 p.m., officers responded to the area of Wheeler Mission, located in the 200 block of S Westplex Avenue, for a report of a man who had been shot. Upon arrival, bystanders directed officers to the wooded area behind Wheeler Mission. Officers located a 52-year-old man inside a tent with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The man was deceased. Individuals in the area reported hearing multiple gunshots just prior to calling 911.

Investigators interviewed several witnesses and were able to identify a suspect. It was reported that the suspect, Evelynn L. Kuuleilehaunani (41, transient), had been in a relationship with the victim. Witnesses reported that they heard the suspect and victim arguing near the victim’s tent with Kuuleilehaunani standing outside the tent and the victim inside the tent. Witnesses stated that they saw Kuuleilehaunani holding a revolver during the argument. Further, Kuuleilehaunani reportedly raised the firearm above her head and fired one round up into the air, then lowered the gun and fired multiple rounds into the victim’s tent. The suspect then gathered her belongings and fled from the scene. Others nearby reported that they entered the victim’s tent and immediately saw that he had been shot.

Since January 9th, investigators filed multiple affidavits with the Monroe County Circuit Courts in an effort to locate the suspect. In the early morning hours of January 19th, it was determined that the suspect was inside a residence in the 500 block of S Basswood Drive. Officers began surveilling the residence and observed the suspect exit the residence and begin walking southbound at approximately 1:00 a.m. Kuuleilehaunani was then approached by officers and taken into custody without incident. After being interviewed at the Bloomington Police Department by investigators, Evelynn L. Kuuleilehaunani (DOB 05/12/1982) was transported to the Monroe County Jail and remanded for the following charge:

  • Murder, a felony

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Under Indiana law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is

presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

A booking photo of Kuuleilehaunani is attached courtesy of the Monroe County Jail.

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