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Former firefighter found guilty in 2017 killing

HONOLULU — A retired firefighter from Oahu was convicted of killing another Oahu man in what authorities described as a road rage shooting.

A jury found 73-year-old Darryl Freeman guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder and firearm charges in the March 2017 death of 31-year-old Keenyn Pahio.

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Freeman and Pahio got into an argument near a shopping center in Aiea, Oahu, said Honolulu prosecutors.

Pahio approached Freeman who was inside his van, which was parked in front of Pahio’s vehicle. During the dispute, Freeman pulled out a gun and pointed it at Pahio.

Freeman shot Pahio on the head at point-blank range, prosecutors said during trial. Freeman then fled, driving over Pahio, who was slumped on the ground. He later died at a hospital.

Honolulu police tracked the van back to Freeman and arrested him a short time later at his home, according to court documents.

Honolulu Deputy Public Defender Edward Aquino claimed during trial that Freeman acted in self-defense. Freeman was driving on a freeway when Pahio repeatedly honked at him and drove to the side of his van, yelling to get him to pull over, he said.

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The defense attorney claimed Pahio was armed and the gun went off during the struggle.

Freeman is scheduled to be sentenced in January. The judge also revoked Freeman’s bail.