Suspect charged with murder after allegedly killing family member at Ewa Beach home
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Charges have been filed against a 24-year-old man who was arrested last week in connection with a murder at an Ewa Beach home.
Police arrest logs identified the suspect as Josiah Garcia. He was arrested at the crime scene along Muiona Street Friday.
According to police, Garcia allegedly called 911 just after 4 p.m. Friday and reported that he killed a family member. When authorities arrived at the West Loch Estates home, they found a 46-year-old woman dead with an apparent gunshot wound.
HPD confirmed Sunday afternoon Garcia had been charged on suspicion of second-degree murder and firearms offenses. His bail has been set at $1 million. He is expected to appear in court this week.
After the shooting happened, neighbors who spoke with Hawaii News Now said they were surprised to see their street filled with police cars and crime scene tape blocking off the home.
“It’s really shocking,” said Ewa Beach resident Rick Paduit. “It’s beyond my imagination that [it happened] in my own neighborhood.”
Ewa Beach resident Brandon Sato said the neighborhood is “generally very quiet.” He recalled what he heard during the incident.
“I was just sitting outside playing guitar and I heard a loud pop. It was very noticeable, a little different than a firework,” he said. “I saw a bunch of birds fly away in the area.”
Panduit added that he knew his neighbors for almost 30 years and described them as a “quiet” family.
Additional details into the case are under investigation, according to police.
The relationship of the victim and the suspect also remains unclear at this time.
This story may be updated.
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