Gunman Holds Police At Bay After Killing Texas Firefighter

MIDLAND (April 26, 2014) A gunman suspected of shooting a Midland firefighter to death later took his own life after holding police at bay for five hours.

Firefighter Henry “Trey” Rodriguez III, 35, died at Midland Memorial Hospital after police and fellow firefighters found him with life-threatening gunshot wounds at around 2:30 p.m. Friday outside of a house in Midland.

A woman who was at the house at the time of the shooting wasn’t injured, a police spokeswoman said.

The man suspected of shooting the firefighter barricaded himself for five hours Friday.

Officers used tear gas and a robot in an attempt to end the standoff, but ultimately found Nestor Castro, Jr., 35, dead inside the house of what evidently was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Rodriguez had served as a firefighter in Midland for more than 10 years.