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Police constable opens fire on taxi driver for allegedly trying to run him off the road, shoots taxi man’s daughter in the process

Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2021. 9:17 am CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: A 20-year-old woman is recovering from a gunshot wound inflicted by a police officer yesterday, in an incident which police described as self-defense.

Police say that Patricia Castillo was in the front passenger seat of a taxi being driven at the time by her father Patrick Castillo, 48, down the Philip Goldson Highway when the incident occurred. Patrick Castillo said that he overtook a white car on the left-hand side of the road and heard two loud bangs, shortly after his daughter realized she had been shot, so he took her to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

She was hit to the right side of the buttocks and the bullet exited the left side. She is listed as being in stable condition.

When police arrived at the hospital they met with Police Constable Darnell Garcia, 24, who explained that he opened fire on the vehicle in self-defense, as Castillo was trying to run him off of the road. Garcia said that Castillo rammed into his vehicle while overtaking, causing him to fear for his life and prompting him to fire two warning shots, and hitting Patricia Castillo with the third.

Police have since taken photos of both vehicles and confiscated Garcia’s Glock 17 pistol, as part of an ongoing investigation.

Thus far, there is no official word on whether or not Garcia will be facing disciplinary action.

 

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