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UPDATE: Stand-Off Over; Victim and Shooter Dead

A deadly shooting lead to a five-hour long stand off in Midland.
MIDLAND, TX (Big 2 News) -- A deadly shooting led to a five-hour long stand-off in Midland.

Police say Nestor Castro shot and ultimately killed Henry "Trey" Rodriguez III.

Officers say Castro then barricaded himself in a home in the 2200 block of South Baird Street sparking the stand-off.

Midland ISD officials put Midland Freshman High School on lockdown about 2:45pm because of the stand-off situation. Students were then released from the north side of the campus around 5pm.

Midland Police say the Castro shot and killed himself. He was found dead inside the home about 8pm.


Here are the full details from Midland Police:

A Midland firefighter was pronounced deceased at the hospital following a shooting that led to a standoff and suicide on Friday.

Midland Police and Fire Departments responded to a shots fired call at approximately 2:33 p.m. Friday at a residence in the 2200 block of South Baird Street. Upon arrival, first responders found 35-year-old Henry "Trey" Rodriguez III outside of the residence with life-threatening gunshot wounds. He was transported to Midland Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased shortly after. A female was present at the time of the shooting but did not suffer any injuries.

Armed suspect Nestor Castro Jr., 35, proceeded to barricade himself inside the residence. Midland Police Department's tactical unit responded to the scene along with units from the Department of Public Safety, Midland County Sheriff's Office, Midland Independent School District Police, and several other agencies. Castro remained barricaded for several hours, and police utilized various non-lethal tactics to attempt to apprehend Castro before entering the residence. Castro was found deceased with self-inflicted gunshot wounds before 8 p.m.

MPD worked to process the scene late into Friday evening and is conducting a full investigation into the incident.

Rodriguez was a firefighter with the Midland Fire Department, where he worked for more than 10 years. MFD officials have asked that the public respect the family and department's privacy as they mourn the loss of their fellow firefighter.


MISD Superintendent, Dr. Ryder Warren, sent out the following memo recapping the Midland Freshman High Lockdown:

TO:Midland Area Press Teams
FROM:Ryder Warren, Superintendent
SUBJECT:Midland Freshman High School

Teams,

As you know, we had an incident occur in the neighborhood of Midland Freshman High School that affected the campus.

I want to commend the efforts of our MFHS faculty, our students, and our parents for dealing with this stressful situation in an absolutely excellent manner. We locked down the campus for over 1 ½ hours, and the staff did a great job protecting the students at all times.

Then, after coordinating with the Midland Police Department and the MISD Policy Department, we initiated an alternative release procedure (around 4:30 p.m.), and again – staff members, students, parents, and the MISD Transportation Department worked amazingly together to get all students off campus in a very safe manner.

I also want to commend the efforts of the Travis Elementary staff. Many of our route buses that regularly release kids at MFHS were diverted to Travis, and our staff members did a wonderful job taking care of those kids until they could be picked up.

We will be debriefing with all MISD departments and campuses that were affected by this issue, but I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the MISD staff and the cooperation of our students and our parents/caregivers.

Ryder Warren, Superintendent
Midland Independent School District


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