Neighbors: Suspect in fatal shooting 'terrorized community for years'

Neighbors: Suspect in fatal shooting 'terrorized community for years'
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AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 72-year-old man charged in a fatal shooting in Aiea this weekend terrorized his community for years, his neighbors said.

Neighbors told Hawaii News Now that Darryl Freeman, a former firefighter, claimed to own the street where he lived and even put up "No Parking" and "Private Road" signs.

Freeman is accused of killing 31-year-old Keenyn Pahio in an apparent road rage-fueled shooting Saturday afternoon. He was charged Monday with second-degree murder.

Freeman was also charged with several weapons violations.

Residents living on Heen Way said they're relieved Freeman is behind bars and can no longer terrorize the community.They said Freeman would scold people who didn't obey his rules.

"He'd come out yelling and screaming and swearing at them, threatening them and they'd have to move," said neighbor Joseph Francese.

"Anyone on that street that said anything about him or tried to complain about things he did, he would slash their tires and break their windows and cars at their house," said Kapu Kalahiki, Freeman's former tenant.

Kalahiki said she and her family broke their four-year lease in 2009 after two years because they feared for their safety.

"Freeman would do strange things like watch us through the window," Kalahiki said. "He doesn't like Polynesians, he doesn't like Samoans or Hawaiians. He doesn't like any of those races."

Records show Freeman served state and federal prison terms in the 1990s for convictions including theft, tax evasion and firearms violations.

Kalahiki said Freeman would tell her stories about his past and still kept guns in his home, despite being a felon.

"He has told me about how he has guns downstairs and that we're safe inside of his property, he used the word 'compound,'" Kalahiki said.

Pahio's friends and family said he was driving with two of his daughters when he got into some sort of altercation with Freeman along Moanalua Road. Sources said witnesses saw Pahio punch Freeman, who then allegedly fired his weapon at Pahio.

Freeman's attorney, Rustam Barbee, couldn't confirm that information.

He said there are still many unanswered questions and that Freeman may have acted in self-defense.

"I would be looking at what precipitated the event where one or more of the drivers exited their vehicles and what happened immediately thereafter," said Barbee. "Was there a verbal argument? Was there a physical confrontation?"

Pahio also has a criminal record and was recently placed on probation for drug charges. He leaves behind three little girls.

Freeman's bail was set at $2 million.

The Honolulu Police Department has denied our requests for an interview about Saturday's incident.

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