Minnesota Officer Charged In Philando Castile’s Death

By Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black man, by a Minnesota police officer (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

A prosecutor says the Minnesota police officer charged in the shooting death of a black man hasn’t been arrested but has agreed to turn himself in.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says he expects St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez to make his first court appearance Friday on a charge of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile.

In announcing the charges Wednesday, Choi said Yanez was not justified in using deadly force against the 32-year-old Castile during a traffic stop in suburban St. Paul on July 6.

Yanez is Latino.


11:30 a.m.

A Minnesota prosecutor says evidence shows Philando Castile, a black motorist, complied with a police officer and told him he was carrying a gun in the critical moments before he was shot to death.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said Wednesday that when Castile’s body was pulled from the car, his .40-caliber handgun was deep in a front pocket of his shorts.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled Castile over in a St. Paul suburb July 6. Choi says evidence including squad car video shows that when Yanez approached the car, Castile calmly told him he was carrying a gun.

Choi says the officer told Castile not to pull it out, and Castile and his girlfriend both responded that he wasn’t. Choi says the officer then screamed, pulled his gun and fired seven shots.

Choi announced second-degree manslaughter charges against Yanez on Wednesday.


11:05 a.m.

A Minnesota prosecutor says the police officer who shot and killed a black motorist in suburban St. Paul in July had no good reason to use deadly force.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced Wednesday that he is filing second-degree manslaughter charges against St. Anthony police …read more