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Guard arrested for allegedly firing shots that led to road closures

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Honolulu police arrested a 49-year-old Waiawa Correctional Facility guard who allegedly fired the gunshots from his Pearl City home that led to the closure of the only access to Pacific Palisades Wednesday night.

Police arrested the man, who lives at a house at 1858 Waimano Home Road, for reckless endangering. 

A Department of Public Safety spokeswoman confirmed that the suspect was an adult corrections officer at the minimum security facilty, but didn’t know how long he had been employed there.

Arriving police, who heard shots as they approached, managed to talk the man out of the house, said Lt. Carl Kalani of the Pearl City police substation.

Two other men in the house were questioned, but not arrested.

As they cleared the house and searched the neighborhood, police shut down Komo Mai Drive, the only road into the Pacific Palisades subdivision, starting at about 7:20 p.m.. Police also closed Waimano Home Road at Hoolaulea Road.

Dozens of residents sat in their vehicles, unable to return home until the roads reopened just before 10 p.m.

The roads appeared to be closed as a precaution as police tried to determine if there might be other suspects.

Khris Murray, who lives in a different house at the same address, said he heard two shots as he left to go grocery shopping.

"I thought it was just somebody banging on something," Murray said.

When he arrived home a short time later, he found himself at a barricade and unable to return home to his wife and two young children.

"I’m just glad it’s over," he said. "That was one long store trip."

Star-Advertiser reporter Gregg K. Kakesako contributed to this story.

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