Ethan Edwards was with his partner and a few friends when they went to check on their house. The parked on a public road and were looking at the lava. That’s when 61-year-old John Hubbard drives up and confronts them.
According to an interview Ethan Edwards gave, Hubbard assaults him and then as you can see in the video proceeds pull out a gun, point it in his face and fire two “warning shots” over his head.
After the incident, they left and then called the police. Hubbard was then arrested and taken into police custody.
He now has numerous charges against him as reported by the Hawaii Police Department:
“At 10:30 p.m, Wednesday evening, (May 30), police charged 61-year-old John Hubbard, of Puna, with 2 counts of first-degree reckless endangering, 5 counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, 1 count of first-degree robbery, ownership (of a firearm), prohibited, place to keep-pistol, failure to register a firearm, failure to obtain a gun permit and use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony. He remains in police custody in lieu of $222,000 bail, pending his initial appearance scheduled for this afternoon, (May 31), in South Hilo District Court.”
Edwards had not had any confrontations with Hubbard before this incident. But other neighbors have had confrontations with him as can be seen in this video below that was created by another neighbor Hubbard has allegedly harassed over the years.
I first came across this video and incident when Rob Pincus of I.C.E. Firearm Training Services shared the video on his Facebook page along with the following:
There is a lot of HORRIFYING in this video.
I’m sure someone, somewhere is reporting this is “Good guy with a gun defends himself!”.
Being Responsibly Armed takes a lot more than a gun and the willingness to use it. How many chances did other gun owners have to intervene in this guys life before he possibly ruined it committing the crimes shown here? How many people did he endanger by firing that gun into the air?
How many of you will share this NOW as a reminder to gun owners of what not to do, how not to behave and how many among us need training, preparation and, possibly, to not carry their guns in public?
I have been carrying concealed since 2005 and have moved a few times within those years. Every class I’ve taken to obtain my concealed carry permit when moving to a new state, the instructor stressed the point of “Never fire a warning shot.” Even if Joe Biden said you can do it, it isn’t a great idea. In most states, firing a warning shot is illegal. I won’t go into this in more detail since most of you already know not to fire warning shots.
We have also covered this numerous times on the site so if you are interested in reading more about warning shots and why not to fire them, read the articles below: