A Minnesota man was fatally shot by an officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights on Wednesday.
The victim in the incident, which occurred in the area of Larpenteur Avenue and Fry Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota, was 32-year-old Philando Castile. He was pronounced dead after being transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center.
According to FOX 9, the victim’s death was documented in a 10-minute video captured by his girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds. She said she and Castile were pulled over for a broken tail light. The officer asked Castile for his license and registration, which were kept in his wallet. Castile was also carrying a gun, which Reynolds said he was licensed to carry.
Reynolds’ daughter was also in the vehicle with them when they were pulled over.
Following the shooting, the officer, pointing a gun at the vehicle, can be heard saying, “I told him not to reach for it. I told him to get his hand off it.”
“[Castile is] licensed to carry [the gun] and was trying to get out his ID and his wallet out his [pocket] and he let the officer know he had a firearm, and he was reaching for his wallet,” Reynolds said. “And the officer just shot him in his arm … he just shot his arm off.”
As reported by HipHopDX.com, Reynolds was removed from the vehicle in the wake of the incident, handcuffed, and made to sit in the backseat of the police cruiser. Reynolds’ kid was with her.
Reynolds said Castile worked as a cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori School in St. Paul. The incident is being investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
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