MINNEAPOLIS, US – Philando Castile, a 32-year old man from Minnesota, has died during an officer-involved shooting whilst being pulled over for a routine traffic stop, local authorities have announced.
The incident took place in St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights, where the local police have confirmed the man’s death. Castile’s mother told news outlets that her son left his final breath in Hennepin County Medical Center.
Being in charge of police services for the neighboring cities of Falcon Heights and Lauderdale, the St. Anthony Police Department official press release on the matter states that officers asked for a vehicle to pull over at around 9 p.m.
While the procedure was being executed, “shots were fired” and a handgun was recovered at the scene, the department mentioned in it statement.
Three passengers were sitting in the car; Castile himself, who was the driver, his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds at the front passengers’ seat and her young daughter at the rear one.
Reynolds provided local media and the police department with what she had witnessed at the scene, which is substantiated by the video she recorded on her cellphone.
The video, which Reynolds uploaded to Facebook, illustrates the aftermath of the shooting, showing Castile reaching for his wallet, while informing officers that he had a registered firearm in his possession, with a conceal-and-carry permit, which was currently located in the car.
Castile’s girlfriend then suggested that the police officer shot Castile four times. In the video, it seems that the particular officer was severely emotionally overcharged, as he can be seen saying, “I told him not to reach for it! I told him to get his hand out.”
Reynolds then responded in a composed manner, “You told him to get his I.D., sir, his driver’s license.”
The phone’s camera is turned over to Castile, who was covered in blood.
“Oh my God, please don’t tell me he’s dead. Please don’t tell me my boyfriend just went like that,” Reynold says.
The officer behind the shooting, who maintained pointing his gun into the open passenger side front window, tells Reynolds to “keep your hands where they are.”
“Yes I will, sir, I’ll keep my hands where they are,” Reynolds replies.
Reynolds is then told to exit the vehicle. The video then shows several officers at the scene with guns drawn towards the car, while one of them is holding Reynolds’ daughter.
Via: Los Angeles Times