Charges filed in fatal Puna shooting


Police have filed numerous charges against the suspect in a fatal shooting Monday in upper Puna.

Daris Paul Pacheco, 32, of Volcano has been charged with second-degree murder, burglary of a dwelling during an emergency period, first-degree terroristic threatening, promotion of a dangerous drug, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony, and seven other firearms offenses.


Pacheco remains in police custody in lieu of $411,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, Thursday afternoon in Hilo District Court.

Shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a residence on Nau Nani Road in Aloha Estates subdivision after receiving a report of a shooting. The victim, 59-year-old Jay Allen Freeman, was found dead in his yard.


Pacheco, a neighbor, was arrested at his nearby home after the department’s SWAT unit responded and evacuated nearby residents. No additional shots were fired by police or Pacheco.

Potential witnesses are asked to call the police non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

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