2 Phoenix police officers wounded in shooting


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Jill Galus

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 6:27 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 7:24 AM

Map: Near Central and Southern, Phoenix
Near Brown and Center, Mesa

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PHOENIX – Two Phoenix police officers were injured after being struck by birdshot pellets while attempting to make an arrest Tuesday night.

This all started in Mesa, where police were searching for two suspects in connection with the shooting of a woman at about 7 p.m. near the canal in the area of Center Street and Brown Road.

Police officers located a possible suspect vehicle in an apartment complex parking lot near Indian School Road and 67th Avenue in Phoenix, but the suspects fled in their vehicle.

Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said officers attempted a stop, which resulted in a pursuit. The suspects bailed out in near Central and Southern avenues at about 11 p.m.

The driver of the suspect vehicle, Emmanuel L. Castillo, 25, was taken into custody without incident.

The passenger, Nazario B. Castillo, 27, ran into the neighborhood. According to investigators, he hid under a truck parked in a carport and fired one shot from a sawed-off shotgun that he had concealed underneath him. Two officers were struck in the legs by birdshot pellets.

One of the officers returned fire, using rubber bullets. Nazario Castillo was injured and transported to a local hospital.

Both officers were transported to a local hospital. One officer was treated and released. The second was admitted for observation.

The officers' names were not released. Crump said one is a 17-year veteran and the other has been with the department for 16 years.

Emmanuel Castillo was booked for unlawful flight.

After being treated and released from the hospital, Nazario Castillo was booked on seven counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and other felony charges.

There is no word on the condition of the woman who was wounded in the first shooting in Mesa. That investigation is ongoing.