MN Officer’s Attorneys Say Castile was Reaching for Gun Before Fatal Shooting

The police officer accused of fatally shooting Philando Castile during a traffic stop is charged with manslaughter and two other felonies

RAMSEY COUNTY, Minn. — Attorneys for a Minnesota police officer accused of fatally shooting a black man during a traffic stop say Philando Castile’s gun was accessible and that he was reaching for it when he was killed.

A memo filed Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court contradicts prosecutors’ claims that St. Anthony Officer Jeronimo Yanez didn’t see the weapon and made conflicting statements about it.

Yanez is charged in Ramsey County with manslaughter and two other felonies in the July 6 killing of the 32-year-old school cafeteria employee in Falcon Heights.

Castile’s girlfriend streamed the aftermath of the shooting live on Facebook.

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