UPDATE: Charge Upgraded to Murder After Victim of Pleasant Hill Shooting Dies


PLEASANT HILL, Iowa – A Des Moines man is now charged with murder after police said the woman he shot Thursday morning in Pleasant Hill has died from her injuries.

The Pleasant Hill Police Department said 32-year-old Phillip Koromah led police on a high-speed chase early Thursday morning after officers responded to a call about shots fired on Christie Lane.

Police say Koromah shot 25-year-old Bethany Castro of Des Moines. She was found lying in the road in the 100 block of Christie Lane with a gunshot wound to the head.

Koromah was spotted speeding away from the scene. Officers from Pleasant Hill, Des Moines, and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office were able to chase him down.

He was originally charged with attempted murder in the case, but Castro passed away early Friday morning from her injuries and the charge has been amended to first degree murder.

Koromah is being held in the Polk County Jail. He is also charged with robbery, eluding, felon in possession of a weapon, and drug-related offenses.


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