Police ID Puna murder victim

  • Pacheco

Big Island police Tuesday identified the man shot to death Monday at his residence in the Aloha Estates subdivision of Puna.

Shortly before 1 p.m. on Monday, Puna patrol officers responded to a residence on Nau Nani Road in Volcano after receiving a report of a male shooting victim. Upon arrival, police found a deceased male lying on the ground in his yard.

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The victim was identified Tuesday as 59-year-old Jay Allen Freeman, of Volcano.

The suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Daris Paul Pacheco was taken into custody at his nearby residence without incident at approximately 3:15 p.m.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday morning and concluded Freeman died from a gunshot wound to the chest. The manner of death was determined to be homicide.

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Detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this second-degree murder investigation.

Anyone who may have been in the area and witnessed this incident or has information should call the department’s nonemergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Casey Cabral at (808) 961-2381 or casey.cabral@hawaiicounty.gov.

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