Sunday, December 13, 2009

Hawaii Man Shoots Wife in Hospital

The Honolulu Advertiser reports on a shooting incident in the hospital.

Castle Medical Center has banned a 71-year-old man who allegedly shot his terminally ill wife at the hospital from visiting the facility.

Robert Yagi, of the Olomana neighborhood in Kailua, was released on $50,000 bail yesterday. He is charged with second-degree attempted murder.

Leatrice Yagi, also 71, remains at the hospital. She suffered minor injuries in the Tuesday night shooting.

Robert Yagi is accused of firing a shotgun round from a flare gun at his wife in her room on the third floor of the hospital.

In a statement, Castle said it has informed Yagi that he is "prohibited from entering the Castle Medical Center campus. Should he violate this restriction, he will be subject to criminal trespassing and arrest."

The statement also said, "The safety of our patients, staff and visitors is our top priority. Castle Medical Center remains committed to the health and safety of our community."

As anyone who knows me can tell you, I'm all for lenient treatment of criminals and for considering all manner of mitigating circumstances when looking at crime, but is it really safe to let this guy out of jail? Were they so quickly able to determine this was an attempted euthanasia? Is that so acceptable in the State of Hawaii?

What's your opinion on this bizarre case? Please leave a comment.


  1. Impossible! Hawaii has strict gun control, therefore this could not possibly have happened.

  2. I guess flare guns are bad news for women as well, right?