I do not know how Diamond Reynolds managed to stay so composed in this horrific situation, witnessing the death of her boyfriend after an officer-involved shooting.
WCCO confirms that a 32-year-old man has died after an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night in Falcon Heights.
Philando Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, says he died at Hennepin County Medical Center.
St. Anthony Police confirmed that two officer were involved in the shooting, which happened in the area of Larpenteur Avenue and Fry Street. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her daughter were in the car at the time. Reynolds is in custody Wednesday night.
A video circulating on Facebook, which was pulled from the site before midnight, 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.”
Very powerful video.
Let's hope the many brave, responsible law enforcement officers serving the public throughout our country aren't demonized as a result of this terrible, terrible killing.