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Police: Store Owner Shoots, Kills Three Would-Be Robbers

Police: Store Owner Shoots, Kills Three Would-Be Robbers

Police officers and detectives investigate the shooting of three suspected robbers by a jewelry store owner in Houston on Thursday. [AP]

The Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix

December 17, 2010

HOUSTON – In the back room of a humble jewelry store and pawn shop in Houston’s East End Thursday afternoon, a gunman tied Eva Castillo’s wrists tightly — too tightly. She complained of the pain, so he loosened the bindings. Then Castillo’s husband was ordered at gunpoint to put his hands behind his back.

But Ramon Castillo had a surprise for the gunman and two cohorts, who had announced they were robbing the business.

Castillo pulled a pistol from his waistband and shot the gunman dead. Then he grabbed a shotgun from his office and engaged in a shootout with the other two armed robbers.

When it was over, all three robbers were dead — and Castillo, though shot at least three times, was still standing, having successfully defended what was rightfully his.

It was the third time his shop, Castillo’s Jewelry at 4502 Canal at Super Street, had been robbed since it opened 22 years ago, East End residents said.

Castillo, 52, apparently did not immediately realize he had been shot, officers said. He walked outside the store and looked around for more gunmen, then went back inside the business, realized he was wounded and untied his 48-year-old wife, who was unharmed, said Houston Police Department homicide investigator M.F. “Fil” Waters.

He remained in surgery at Ben Taub General Hospital late Thursday, where he was listed in critical but stable condition, with gunshot wounds to his left shoulder, left abdomen and legs, Houston police said. He is expected to survive.

Investigators said so many shots were fired inside the jewelry shop in a two- or three-minute span that they could not estimate the number of rounds. “We’ve got bullet fragments all over the place, casings all over the place, shotgun slugs all over the place, so it’s really hard to determine at this point how many rounds were actually fired – but quite a few,” Waters said.

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    Djfludd

    over 3 years ago

    230 Comments

    I HOPE THE GUN CONTROL ACTIVISTS GET A LOOK AT THIS!!!!! I'm a firm believer that some gun laws make it easier for the bad guys than for people like Mr. Castillo. Maybe this story will enlighten some to the reason for the 2nd ammendment.

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Great job by Mr Castillo, mission accomplished, the taxpayers are greatfull.

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    CodyTheCoasty

    over 3 years ago

    122 Comments

    Awsome job!

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    keronspoony

    over 3 years ago

    24 Comments

    Yours*

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    keronspoony

    over 3 years ago

    24 Comments

    Great way to protect what's rightfully urs.

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    cbentley911

    over 3 years ago

    10 Comments

    Thats fantasic!!!! This story really brightened my day. Like so many have said before, thank you Mr. Castillo for taking care of your family and saving the tax payers a load of money.

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    bleu1240

    over 3 years ago

    312 Comments

    God Bless the Castillo's.

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    michaellwaddell

    over 3 years ago

    196 Comments

    great job

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    elduce

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    That's 3 less scumbags the taxpayers have to house and feed in prison. Good job.

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    BigNTS

    over 3 years ago

    6836 Comments

    That is a great story. It has all the right elements - good guy vs. bad guy, defending a damsel in distress while protecting his property. It even has a happy ending. Hollywood couldn't write a better screenplay.

    Get well soon, Mr. Castillo and thank you for eliminating the burden from the taxpayers.

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    MannBearPig123

    over 3 years ago

    100 Comments

    great job, Mr. Castillo!

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    braveheart83

    over 3 years ago

    14 Comments

    Wow thats a great story. I hope I perform as well as he did if I ever have an encounter like that! God Bless his family!

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    bstites

    over 3 years ago

    1028 Comments

    YEA! STORE OWNERS WITH GUNS! Why don't we hear more stories like this?

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    alexy

    over 3 years ago

    3970 Comments

    Sweet he did more justice in 3 minutes than the justice system could do in a lifetime. Hopefully his insurance will cover his medical bills and the town will chip in to replace the ammo

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    Pappy07

    over 3 years ago

    252 Comments

    Now THAT is friggin' AWESOME-a few more like that around here and robbery won't be so much fun anymore, hey boys??

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