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Midland Firefighter Killed in Shooting, Suspect Commits Suicide

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NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A Midland firefighter has died after a shooting that led to a standoff on Friday afternoon. Midland Police were called out to the 2200 block of South Baird Street around 2:30 p.m. for a shots fired call.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found 35-year-old Henry "Trey" Rodriquez, III, outside of the residence with life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Rodriquez was transported to Midland Memorial Hospital where he later died.

The armed suspect, 35-year-old Nestor Castro, Jr. then barricaded himself inside a residence and officers set up a perimeter and evacuated nearby homes.

The Midland Police Department’s tactical unit responded to the scene along with officials from the Department of Public Safety, the Midland County Sheriff’s Office, Midland ISD police and several other agencies.

Castro remained barricaded in the home for several hours and police attempted to use non-lethal tactics to attempt to apprehend Castro.

Just before 8 p.m. Friday night, Castro was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The City of Midland tells NewsWest 9, they worked to process the scene late into Friday evening and will be conducting a full investigation into the incident.

We’re told that Rodriquez worked for the Midland Fire Department for more than 10 years.

The family is asking that the public respect the family and department’s privacy as they mourn the loss of their fellow firefighter.

The staff at NewsWest 9 sends along our condolences to the Rodriquez family during this difficult time.