Hostage standoff in Saipan ends; suspect killed, hostage dead too

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Local and federal law enforcement authorities in the CNMI stormed a home in the San Antonio area of Saipan early this morning ending a hostage standoff that began Tuesday afternoon with the death of the suspect, and the woman he was reportedly holding hostage.

A release this morning from the CNMI Department of Public Safety states that law enforcement “conducted a breach into the suspects residence”  around 2:30 AM.

When they entered, the release states, “the suspect fired multiple rounds directly towards officers.” They returned fire and killed him.

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“Unfortunately, due to the nature of the situation, the female is also confirmed to be deceased,” states the release.  It is not yet clear how she died.

The dead man has been identified as 31-year-old Gordon Aldan Castro. The woman was reportedly his girlfriend.

Gordon Castro

The incident began just before one-o’clock Tuesday afternoon when police tried to arrest Castro on allegations of attempted murder, and other charges.

When CNMI police tried to serve an arrest warrant on Castro Tuesday afternoon he fled by firing several shots into the air from a handgun.

Soon after a viral video appeared on social media showing Castro holding a woman by the arm with one hand. Its not clear from the video whether he is holding a handgun in his other hand.

Police are seen in the video shadowing the pair with their guns drawn. Castro and the woman walk down the street from the Afetna area towards the San Antonio neighborhood where he eventually barricaded himself, with the woman, inside a home.
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READ the release from the CNMI Department of Public Safety in FULL below:

COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
Department of Public Safety
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2020
5:00 a.m. UPDATE: San Antonio all clear

Sometime between 2:30 – 3:00 a.m., this morning, local and federal law enforcement agencies conducted a breach into the suspects residence. Upon making contact with the suspect, the suspect fired multiple rounds directly towards officers. Officers returned fire and managed to neutralize the threat.

The suspect is confirmed to be deceased at this time. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the situation, the female is also confirmed to be deceased.

Federal partners, including CNMI Department of Public Safety Internal Affairs, and the Criminal Investigative Bureau are conducting a thorough investigation of the incident.

The Department will release more information on the current situation once it becomes available.