Woman released in connection with Newton triple shooting

NEWTON, Kan. (AP) – A woman who was taken into custody in Harvey County for  a shooting that left four people dead, including the gunman was released Friday afternoon.

Harvey County authorities say the woman was a person of interest but has been released from the Harvey County Detention Center without charges.

“After completing interviews of key witnesses to the case this afternoon, including Ms. Castro, it is not anticipated that charges involving her will be forthcoming in this case,” said David Yoder, Harvey County Attorney.

Three victims were found dead early Thursday inside a home in Newton. A suspect, 33-year-old David Lee Montano, of Newton, fled from the home on foot. He confronted officers with a shotgun during the pursuit and was shot to death by a Newton police officer.

Harvey County Attorney David Yoder said Friday the shootings appeared to be a domestic situation, rather than drug-related.

Yoder also said Montano was facing federal charges in a separate case but that case apparently was not related to Thursday’s shooting.


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