Incident at 3600 Hastings
June 10, 2005 -- Houston police
are investigating the suicide of a sexual assault suspect who
fatally shot himself in the presence of police officers in the
3600 block of Hastings about 6:45 p.m. on Thursday (June 9).
The suspect, Manuel Castro Gonzalez (H/m, DOB
6-16-49), was pronounced dead at the scene.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J.T. Wyers and
Officer T. Tyler reported:
One of the suspect's adult daughters said she
had been sexually molested by her father, allegedly for the last
six years. Last evening, Gonzalez threatened one of his daughters
at gunpoint and attempted to sexually assault her. After police
were called, officers learned Gonzalez was armed and that he intended
to kill the daughter and her family if she told anyone of his
intentions. Gonzalez's vehicle was located in the area the daughter
had advised officers he would be traveling to. Gonzalez became
suspicious as an officer in a marked patrol unit followed his
vehicle. When another officer arrived for back up, the officers
attempted a felony traffic stop based on the information supplied
by family members. At that time, Gonzalez shot himself while inside
The HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions
are investigating the death since it occurred in the presence
of police officers.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.