Jeronimo Yanez Identified as Minnesota Officer Who Shot Philando Castile

Jeronimo Yanez Identified as Minnesota Officer Who Shot Philando Castile”

The St. Anthony Police patrolman who shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop has been identified as Jeronimo Yanez.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) released a statement Thursday evening. Yanez and another cop, Officer Joseph Kauser, were involved in the Wednesday shooting.

Castile, 32, was shot dead after being pulled over for having a broken rear light in Minnesota on Wednesday.

Castile's 26-year-old girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, was in the passenger seat of the vehicle and her 4-year-old daughter was in the back seat.

Reynolds said she was not informed that Castile had died until 3 a.m. and was not brought home until two hours after that. He was permitted to carry the weapon legally.

Police said in a statement that a handgun was recovered from the scene.

BCA said the investigation is going on as they continue conducting interviews with witnesses and have gathered several videos from the incident, including a squad auto video, which has been collected as evidence.

If they find any violation of state laws, the US attorney's office will refer it back to the local district attorney for prosecution.

Reynolds said Castile was complying with the officer's request for identification when he brushed up against his concealed firearm near his back pocket.

Later, Ms Reynolds, sitting handcuffed in the back of a police vehicle with her daughter, loses her composure for the first time and starts wailing in distress.

Relatives of Castile described him as a good, hard-working man who had been employed for years as cafeteria supervisor at a Montessori school in St. Paul.

Meanwhile, Alton Sterling was shot several times while in police custody.

It was the second fatal police shooting in as many days.

U.S. President Barack Obama described the killings as tragedies.



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