Air Force Tech Sergeant Arrested in Pearl City Shooting


The suspect in a Pearl City shooting Saturday is in police custody.

Thirty-three-year-old Air Force Tech Sgt. Claude Custard turned himself in to the Honolulu Police Department Saturday night, according to a police spokeswoman. He was being held Sunday morning at police headquarters on South Beretania Street.

Custard was arrested as the suspect in a 2 am shooting that sent one man to the hospital in critical condition, according to local news reports. The shooting took place outside the Princess Palace strip club in the Pearl City Business Plaza. Sergeant Kim Buffett of CrimeStoppers Honolulu told local TV stations Custard shot at two people following an argument, but only hit one.

The HPD spokeswoman said Custard faces two counts of attempted second-degree murder. Charges were pending Sunday morning.

Custard is a Tech Sergeant stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, according to a base spokeswoman. The incident is outside the base's jurisdiction. She said Custard has a lawyer.

Honolulu police and CrimeStoppers are asking witnesses to come forward. The CrimeStoppers hotline is 955-8300. The HPD tip line is 225-5473.

(Aileen Humphreys / HPR News)