Minnesota woman streams video on social media of fiance after officer shooting


FALCON HEIGHTS (KUSI) — A Minnesota man was shot and killed Wednesday after a police officer pulled him, his fiancee and her 4-year-old daughter over for what began as a routine traffic stop for a broken taillight.

According to CNN, Philando Castile and Diamond Reynolds, and her child, were in their vehicle when they were pulled over by two Minnesota officers. Castile informed the officer that he had a concealed weapon and a permit for the weapon while he reached for his ID in his wallet.

According to CNN, the unidentified officer warned Castile not to reach for anything, but the officer shot Castile in the arm, then three additional times.

Reynolds immediately started streaming the situation using Facebook Live.

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"He let the officer know that he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet and the officer just shot him in his arm," Reynolds said as she broadcast the incident.

In the video, Castile is seen slumped over in the driver’s seat with blood covering his shirt. The officer is still pointing his gun at Castile through the window as Diamond explains to the audience that the officer just shot her fiance four times.

In the background, you can hear Diamond’s 4-year-old daughter crying.

The officer sounds distressed as he explains, "I told him not to reach for it. I told him to get his hand off it."

More officers arrived on scene and Diamond was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car with her daughter.

According to CNN, officers tried to revive Castile on scene, but he died later at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Castile’s mother, Valeria, and his sister, heard about the incident after receiving several phone calls about Reynold’s Facebook live stream. When they arrived on scene, officers wouldn’t let her see or identify her son. 

According to CNN, she is not allowed to identify him until Friday. 

CNN reports that Castile was a a school nutrition services supervisor.

St. Paul Public Schools issued a statement saying Philando Castile was not only a valued and widely loved employee, but a product of the school district, having graduated from Central High School in 2001.

He began working for the school district the following year and was promoted to supervisor two years ago.

"Colleagues describe him as a team player who maintained great relationships with staff and students alike. He had a cheerful disposition and his colleagues enjoyed working with him. He was quick to greet former co-workers with a smile and hug," the statement said.

According to CNN, Sgt. Jon Mangseth, interim chief of the St. Anthony police said one of the two officers present at the time of the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave as they investigate the shooting further.

The U.S. Justice Department released a statement saying it "is aware of the incident and is assessing the situation." President Barack Obama is also following the situation and is "deeply disturbed" by the Castile shooting, as well as the Sterling shooting in Baton Rouge, said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

In a Facebook post, Obama added, "Regardless of the outcome of such investigations, what’s clear is that these fatal shootings are not isolated incidents. They are symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year, and the resulting lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and too many of the communities they serve."

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