Hawaii officials, the sheriff later maintained, “stonewalled” his investigators, perhaps because they were hiding something.
But the sheriff described the suspect as a 22-year-old, mentally unstable man with previous brushes with the law.
sheriff Wheeler described the compound as a self-sufficient community with its own food supply.
late Old English scirgerefa "representative of royal authority in a shire," from scir (see shire) + gerefa "chief, official, reeve" (see reeve). As an American county official, attested from 1660s; sheriff's sale first recorded 1798. Sheriff's tooth (late 14c.) was a common name for the annual tax levied to pay for the sheriff's victuals during court sessions.