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February 15, 2007 - Wharton Journal-Spectator (TX)

Police Shoot And Kill Teen In Drug Raid

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A 17-year-old man was shot and killed Tuesday during a drug raid in Wharton.

Law enforcement officials said Daniel Castillo Jr. was shot by a member of the police department's Emergency Response Team during the serving of a search warrant.

The officer's identity was not released. Police Captain Richard Coleman said only that the officer is a six-year veteran.

Police declined to comment on what instigated the shooting.

"I don't know at this point," Coleman said when asked if Castillo was armed.

The 17-year-old was taken by ambulance Tuesday morning to Gulf Coast Medical Center and then flown by Critical Air to Houston. An autopsy is expected to be conducted sometime today.

Around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, officers served a search warrant at 1409 Sunset.

Members of the Emergency Response Team, Sheriff's Tactical and Response team and the District Attorney's Narcotics Task Force participated.

Castillo reportedly lived at the address with his parents.

Two men were also arrested at the scene.

Richard Castillo Jr., 35, was charged with evading arrest/detention and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jerome Hawkins, 20, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

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