Chief prosecutor mum on handgun used by Gordon Castro

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JOHN Bradley, the chief prosecutor of the Attorney General’s Office, declined to verify the ownership of the handgun used by Gordon Aldan Castro, 31, in the recent hostage situation in San Antonio.

Gordon Aldan Castro

“Not until the investigation is concluded,” Bradley said.

Asked for a time frame, he said: “Too soon to estimate. We are working hard to collect the relevant statements, records, and related information.”

Bradley was tasked by AG Edward Manibusan to “conduct an independent review of the circumstances surrounding the use of deadly force during a hostage situation that concluded in the early morning hours of March 12, 2020.”

The AG said Bradley has extensive experience in conducting reviews and has worked on similar cases in Texas.

According to the Department of Public Safety, “Sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. [on March 12], local and federal law enforcement agencies conducted a breach into the suspect’s residence. Upon making contact with the suspect, the suspect fired multiple rounds directly toward officers. Officers returned fire and managed to neutralize the threat.”

Gordon and his female hostage were both killed, DPS said.

On March 11, 2020, Castro was served an arrest warrant at 12:50 p.m. in Afetna on charges of attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and use of a weapon in the furtherance of the crime.

In an attempt to flee, Castro discharged a couple of rounds in the air, DPS said.

At 3:50 p.m. on the same day, March 11, DPS said the “suspect took [a woman,] believed to be his girlfriend, hostage as he made his way and crossed the main road over to a family residence [in] San Antonio.”

The hostage situation lasted for about 36 hours and involved more than 50 federal and local taskforce responders.

In Oct. 2015, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho found probable cause to charge Castro with holding his family hostage for seven hours at his house in Afetna.

In that case, Castro was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, and disturbing the peace.

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