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21-year-old woman killed in crash after officer-involved shooting, police chase identified

Posted at 12:10 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 15:10:53-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A 21-year-old woman who was killed in a crash after an officer-involved shooting (OIS) and police chase has been identified.

According to the Kern County Coroner, 21-year-old Stephanie Areanda Quiroz of Bakersfield was a passenger in a two-car crash at Brundage Lane and Oswell Street on March 5. Quiroz was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Coroner.

Before the crash, the car was involved in an officer-involved shooting in the 8200 block of Brundage Lane.

CDCR says officers from their Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) Fugitive Apprehension Team were working with a U.S. Marshals Task Force when suspect, identified as Gavino Castro fled.

CDCR says there was an OIS, but none of their agents were directly involved. Castro was taken into custody.

According to the Kern County Sheriff's Office, they were searching for the suspect at the Motel 6 and when he was located, that's when an OIS occurred. A deputy U.S. Marshal opened fire during the OIS. Following the shooting, the suspect fled in a car with two other people.

The second person from the suspect vehicle took off from the car and ended up at Kern Medical for treatment before being taken into custody.

KCSO said that it is unknown exactly where the injuries came from. The original suspect was taken into custody at the scene.

All suspects have been taken into custody and there were no injuries to the driver of the car that was crashed into.