Man arrested in Pearl City standoff is a prison guard

Damon Pavao
Damon Pavao

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 49-year-old male is in police custody after a standoff in Pearl City.

The SWAT team was called out at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, responding to reports that Damon Pavao possibly had a semi-automatic weapon and was firing off rounds.

Access into and out of the neighborhood near Waimano Home Road and Komo Mai Drive was shut down for about three hours while the SWAT team tried to get Pavao to surrender.

One of his roommates says Pavao is a guard at Waiawa Correctional Center.

"I was basically leaving to go pick up some groceries from the store and here he comes, he's outside shooting blanks and I was like 'What are you doing man? Disturbing the peace, all different kind stuff, cops are going to come,'" said Brent, Pavao's roommate.

Neighbors say they were also affected when officials closed off the area.

"Me and my wife we heard shots from our house. Maybe like two or three shots, but we didn't think nothing of it," neighbor Khristopher Murray said. "And then when I left, I left to go to the store and when I came back, my driveway was blocked off."

Pavao eventually surrendered. He's being held on suspicion of reckless endangerment.

Police say they took at least two people into custody at the scene, but the other was released.

Officials say no one in the home was hurt.

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