Police explain gunfight outside Capitol Casino in Sacramento that killed bystander
Three men were arraigned on charges Tuesday in connection with a shootout with an off-duty police officer that left a popular Capitol staffer dead Sunday.
One by one, Emillo Angelo Castillo, 28, then Armando Antonio Castillo, 27, and finally Luis Alfonso Castillo, 29, stepped to the front of the jailhouse courtroom’s cell before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Goodman to hear the charges against them.
Emillo Castillo, 28, was arraigned on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in the shooting death of bystander Nicholas Broadway, 36, in the pre-dawn hours Sunday outside Capitol Casino and the gunbattle with the off-duty officer. The allegations came with special circumstances of firing at a peace officer in the performance of duty, gang allegations and a charge of possession of cocaine for sale. He remains held without bail in Sacramento County Main Jail.
Armando Antonio Castillo faces allegations of carrying a loaded and unregistered firearm and cocaine possession along with allegations of affiliation with a street gang. Armando Castillo is being held in Sacramento County custody in lieu of $100,000 bail
Luis Alfonso Castillo was arraigned on a single count of possession of cocaine for sale and also is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
The three return to Goodman’s courtroom Nov. 17. Their relationship, if any, was not disclosed Tuesday.
A woman arrested in connection with the incident also was arraigned Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court. Alejandra Hernandez Bravo, 24, faced charges of drug possession and accessory after the fact, said Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office officials.
The deadly incident began with a fistfight between two groups just after 1:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the casino, 411 N. 16th St., said Sacramento police officials. Two security guards and a police officer hired as security broke up the brawl and scattered the fighting groups.
Sacramento County prosecutors allege Emillo Castillo turned from the casino’s 16th Street driveway and fired gunshots at the other group. The officer, still between the two groups, returned fire and took cover behind a parked pickup truck. The officer and gunman exchanged gunshots until the gunman fled. The officer was not injured.
The officer is a 20-year veteran of the department and was placed on administrative leave, which is protocol anytime an officer fires a gun during an incident, officials said earlier. The officer was on-duty in a supplemental capacity at the casino.
Broadway, an innocent bystander in the altercation, was remembered Monday as a well-liked staffer in the gubernatorial administrations of Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown. He also served as office manager for state Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego.