HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 44-year-old man who has been charged in a fatal Maili shooting was a corrections officer at OCCC, the state Department of Public Safety said.
Anthony Pereira made his first court appearance Tuesday, and is due back in court Wednesday. Court documents show that had crystal methamphetamine in his pocket when he was arrested.
Pereirahas not reported to work since April 10, and has been on leave without pay since then, DPS said in a news release Monday. He was hired by DPS in August 2002.
"Our concern is with the grieving family at this time," said Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda. "The Department of Public safety is conducting an internal investigation and will continue to monitor and assist the Honolulu police with their criminal investigation into this devastating matter."
On Friday, Pereira allegedly fatally shot a 66-year-old woman at a Maili home. Sources said that the victim was Pereira's mother, Barbara Pereira.
Police say he also held a 48-year-old woman against her will. That woman escaped and was able to drive to a police station.
Pereira was charged with second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, promoting a dangerous drug in the third-degree, kidnapping and first-degree terroristic threatening.
His bail was set at $1 million, and he's being held at Halawa Correctional Facility.