CNMI to probe use of deadly force in ending hostage crisis

3:55 pm on 13 March 2020

The Northern Marianas Attorney General is to investigate use of deadly force by police in ending a hostage situation on Saipan this morning.

The cordoned off house were Gordon Aldan Castro and his hostage died.

The cordoned off house where Gordon Aldan Castro and his hostage died. Photo: Mark Rabago

Around 4am, police stormed the house of suspect Gordon Aldan Castro who had reportedly been holding his hostage Kisha King for three days.

Law enforcement fired back when they were greeted by gunfire upon entering the room Castro had barricaded him and his hostage in.

Police said Castro was killed during the raid, but unfortunately King also died during the encounter.

It was unclear whether it was gunfire from police or Castro that killed King.

CNMI Attorney General Edward Manibusan said a review was standard protocol.

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Robert Guerrero had already given his full support for the independent investigation, he added.