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Manslaughter suspect in custody after foot chase near LCU

Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 11:07 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2021 at 2:57 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock police tell us two people are now in custody, including a manslaughter suspect, after a Thursday morning pursuit in Central Lubbock.

It started with an attempted traffic stop near 24th Street and Chicago Avenue at 10:41 a.m. Police say one person jumped out of the front passenger seat of the vehicle while the driver of the vehicle drove away.

That passenger, 20-year-old Javier Medrano, had multiple traffic warrants and a warrant for unlawful carrying of a weapon. Police say he led the officer on a foot pursuit before jumping over a fence into a residential area. A perimeter was set up shortly after, while nearby schools were placed on lockdown. Medrano was taken into custody around 11:30 a.m., charged with evading in a vehicle and on foot. The lockdowns were lifted shortly after he was taken into custody.

Officers were able to locate the manslaughter suspect, 19-year-old Gabriel Castillo, in the 9700 block of Saratoga Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. Castillo was wanted in connection to a fatal single-vehicle crash that took the life of 17-year-old Megan Martinez back on April 16 in the 3000 block of West Loop 289. Castillo was seriously injured in the crash. He was indicted earlier this month by a Lubbock County grand jury on charges of manslaughter. A warrant for his arrest was issued after the indictment.

19-year-old Gabriel Castillo
19-year-old Gabriel Castillo(Lubbock County Detention Center)

Castillo was arrested, charged with manslaughter and evading arrest charges, and booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center, where he is being held on a bond of $50,000 for the manslaughter warrant.

20-year-old Javier Medrano
20-year-old Javier Medrano(Lubbock County Detention Center)

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The Lubbock Police Department, the U.S. Marshals, both Texas Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigation Division and patrol units, and the Texas Anti-Gang Unit were all involved in these arrests.

A suspect is in custody and the school lockdowns and lockouts have been lifted after a police...
A suspect is in custody and the school lockdowns and lockouts have been lifted after a police pursuit near Lubbock Christian University on Oct. 21, 2021.(KCBD NewsChannel 11)

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