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OC double-homicide suspect shot by police

September 30, 2009 12:30:17 AM PDT
A suspect in the shooting death of his son's mother and her boyfriend was shot and killed by police in Anaheim Wednesday night.The suspect was shot in an officer-involved incident near the intersection of Juno Ave. and Loara St. in Anaheim near the crime scene. He was transported to a hospital, where he later died.

A 5-year-old boy, missing for hours after a double homicide on Wednesday, is safe in protective custody. The boy's father, believed to have shot and killed the child's mother and another man, was at large Wednesday afternoon, but was located later in the evening when officers shot him.

Authorities allege Castillo somehow broke into the apartment, got into an argument with his former girlfriend and her boyfriend, who was spending the night.

Police responded to a shooting at an apartment complex on South Rio Vista Street at about 5:45 a.m. Wednesday and found a woman in her 20s dead in one of the apartment ground units.

Heather Courtney Sorensen, 31, died at the scene, and Stephen Rene Serna, believed to have been her boyfriend, died at a hospital, according to Anaheim Police Sgt. Rick Martinez.

The woman's 5-year-old boy, Ometal "Omie" Castillo, was unaccounted for, and police launched a search for the boy. The boy was released unharmed a few hours later at his grandparents' home in Anaheim a few miles away from the crime scene.

Castillo's red 2000 Honda Civic was recovered at 2000 S. Jetty Street in Anaheim, just a few blocks from the apartment complex.

Police said a number of people heard shouting from the apartment, and then shots fired.

"We are still trying to piece together exactly what took place," said Martinez. "Fight breaks out, argument breaks out, people hear shouting, then we get reports of gunshots."

"I heard three gunshots," said witness Romero Figueroa. "I didn't think anything of it, I thought it was just fireworks or something. It was repeatedly one after the other."

According Martinez, the shooting involved an apparent custody dispute.

"We certainly hate to speculate, but Mr. Castillo probably arrived, an argument took place, probably became physical, and then ultimately resulted in the shooting," Martinez said.

Castillo's family says he grew up around violence. At 16 he started serving nine years in prison for murder.

"He had murdered a young boy and it was because the young boy had been bullying him," said Bobby Flores, Castillo's uncle.

Castillo is accused of kidnapping his son Omie, who was found safe.

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