Stephanie Quiroz, 21

Bakersfield, California
March 05, 2019

Agencies: Kern County Sheriff's Office California | US Marshals Service Central District California

Cause of death: Shooting

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The bullet that struck and killed Stephanie Quiroz, 21, came from the gun of a deputy U.S. Marshal according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

On March 5, 2019, during the search for Gavino Castro who was wanted for several warrants and violation of his parole. The taskforce comprised of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations Parole Agents and deputy U.S. marshals attempted to stop the car containing Gavino.

That is when the officer involved shooting occurred. 

During the attempt to stop the car, Gavino’s brother Rolando Castro accelerated toward a deputy U.S. Marshal. The deputy U.S. Marshal shot at the car in an attempt to stop it and avoid being hit, according to KCSO. 

The vehicle fled westbound on East Brundage Lane.

Just minutes later the car was involved in a multiple car accident at East Brundage Lane and Oswell Street.

When officers arrived, Rolando had left the scene on foot and Quiroz was found dead in the front passenger seat. The coroner determined Quiroz was shot during the officer involved shooting.