Philando Castile Death Ruled a Homicide, Officer Identified

Philando Castile Death Ruled a Homicide, Officer Identified

According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, as reported by The Washington Post, Philando Castile’s death has been ruled a homicide, and Officer Jeronimo Yanez has been identified as the shooting officer.

Both Yanez and Officer Joseph Kauser stopped and approached Philando Castile’s car for a broken taillight, last Wednesday.

Yanez approached Philando Castile’s car from the driver’s side, and Kauser approached from the passenger side. During the stop Yanez opened fire on Castile, shooting him multiple times.

Castile, who still had his seatbelt on, was reaching for his license as instructed and notified officers that he was in possession of a permitted firearm. His fiancée and her 4-year-old daughter were also in the car when Yanez shot Castile.

Reynolds said Castile was shot while reaching for his wallet.

Yanez and his partner, Joseph Kauser, are now on paid administrative leave while the matter is being investigated. That it happened against a progressive police department with good community relations makes the loss of blue lives all the more devastating.

Kelly also emphasized the fact that Yanez shot Castile because he had a weapon, not because of his race.

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He continued that he did not know which robbery prompted Yanez to stop Castile's auto.

"A felony stop does not usually involve officers walking up to your auto and asking you to produce your driver's license", he explained to the Star Tribune.


Gov. Mark Dayton asked the Justice Department to open an investigation into the shooting, but the agency said it planned to monitor the state probe and would provide assistance if needed.