Victims’ family members say neighbor shot them over dog poop dispute

by Tristan Balagtas, KIMA Staff

YAKIMA, Wash. –- “He pointed it at her like that, and shot her,” said Marcie Umphrey.

Wednesday night, police say a dispute between neighbors is what led to three people being shot and a stand-off with the suspect. They said it started around 9:15 p.m., near 27th and Englewood Avenues.

Marcie Umphrey says her 19-year-old daughter, Shawna, was shot in her front yard by her neighbor, 62-year-old Henry Castro, and she says it was the most traumatizing experience of her life.

“I just broke down, cried hysterically,” said Umphrey.

Carl Stone was also there when it all unfolded. He told Action News he was with Shawna and his cousin, 43-year-old Michael Bretches, when Castro approached them outside, accusing them of allowing their dog to defecate on his yard, and from there, Stone said it escalated.

“He hurried up and grabbed my cousin by the neck, and then he pointed the gun towards his neck and he said, ‘Now, you’re gonna die.’ I was gonna try to do something, and he pointed the gun to me, he said, ‘You do anything, I’m gonna shoot you,’” said Stone.

He says they all tried to run, but Castro shot his cousin and Umphrey, before retreating back to his home. Neighbors called police, and Mike Bastinelli with the Yakima Police Department says an hours-long stand-off, followed.

“He was holed up for several hours. We made several attempts to have him come out. After about an hour and a half, it was decided to call the SWAT team in,” said Bastinelli.

Around 3:00 A.M., Bastinelli said the SWAT team entered Castro’s home and found him with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police say the victims and the suspect are all currently in the hospital.


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