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Chief prosecutor: Report on hostage-taking case to be completed next week

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 JOHN Bradley, the chief prosecutor of the Office of the Attorney General, stated that the report on the hostage-taking case involving Gordon Aldan Castro will be completed next week.

In an email to Variety on Thursday, Bradley said: “I have been working on the report this week. Awaiting investigative reports from FBI and a couple other places. All of those questions should be answered when complete.”

Gordon Aldan Castro

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 11, 2020.”

The 31-year-old suspect, Gordon Castro, died after local and federal law enforcement agents breached into the house where he had barricaded himself with a woman believed to be his girlfriend as hostage. The house is owned by Castro’s mother.

The hostage situation lasted more than 36 hours and involved more than 50 federal and local agents, officers, and other first responders.

Castro and the woman were both killed, the Department of Public Safety stated.

DPS was serving an arrest warrant on Castro for 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.

Variety learned that two charges filed in 2015 and 2019 against Castro were dismissed recently by the Superior Court.

In the 2015 case, Castro was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, and disturbing the peace for holding his family hostage for seven hours at his house in Afetna.

In the 2019 case, Castro was charged with possession and trafficking of methamphetamine.

The Office of the AG in its motion to dismiss the cases attached Castro’s death certificate, which stated that he died from gunshot wound in the head and neck.

Some community members want to know how Castro obtained the handgun he used in the hostage-taking incident.

 

 

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