A Vernal man was in jail Thursday after an alleged assault and kidnapping of a 3-year-old girl and her mother, who police say was shot in the legs with rubber bullets.
Brandon Martin Castillo, 27, pulled a gun on the 21-year-old mother during an argument Tuesday night at his home, the Uintah County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. He then forced the woman and her child into his car and drove south of Vernal to a remote Uintah County dirt road, police said.
Once out of the vehicle, Castillo shot the woman in one leg, police said, and then again in the other as she tried to flee. It appears the woman may have been shot with rubber bullets from a pellet gun, said Uintah County Sheriff's Cpl. Dustin Cheshire.