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Man Shot by Minnesota Cop in Graphic Facebook Video Dies

*A 32-year-old man involved in a police officer shooting in Falcon Heights, Minnesota has died, according to WCCO-TV. The man, Philando Castile, died at Hennepin County Medical Center, confirms his mother, Valerie Castile.

The report also stated that St. Anthony, MN police confirmed that two officers were involved in the shooting. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her daughter were in the car at the time. Reynolds was still in custody as of this posting.

The above video, which is circulating on Facebook, was filmed by Reynolds and appears to show the aftermath of the shooting.

Reynolds, who was in the front passenger seat, says in the video that they were pulled over for a broken tail light. She says police asked Castile, who was driving, for his license and registration.

She says as Castile was reaching for his wallet, he informed officers that he had a firearm in his possession, and a conceal-and-carry permit.

Reynolds says in the video that an officer then shot her boyfriend four times.

The officer in the video appears to be very emotional, and at one point screams, “I told him not to reach for it! I told him to get his hand out …”

Reynolds, who is very composed, tells the officer, “You told him to get his I.D., sir, his driver’s license.”

She pans the cellphone camera over Castile, who is covered in blood.

“Oh my God, please don’t tell me he’s dead. Please don’t tell me my boyfriend just went like that,” Reynolds said.

The officer, whose gun is drawn the entire time, tells Reynolds to, “Keep your hands where they are.”

“Yes I will, sir, I’ll keep my hands where they are,” she said.

Reynolds is then told to get out of the car. Her cellphone shows several officers with guns drawn, and one officer is holding her 4-year-old daughter, who was originally in the back seat of the car. It is not clear if she was in the car when Castile was shot.

The Reporter Newspaper
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