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Officer who shot Philando Castile testifies

Officer who shot Philando Castile testifies

After Yanez asked for his license and registration, Castile informed the officer that he had a gun.

The groceries Reynolds had bought with her sister the day of the shooting were left in Castile's auto and had been placed in evidence after the incident.

A Minnesota police officer charged with manslaughter in a black motorist's death is explaining how he came to pull the man's vehicle over.

On Friday - three days after Reynolds took the stand - Yanez confronted jurors, his family and Castile's family in a packed courtroom and described the thoughts and emotions he experienced after pulling Castile over for a broken taillight, learning that a firearm was in the auto and allegedly seeing Castile reach for the gun.

The location and visibility of Castile's gun is playing a prominent role in the testimony of expert witnesses.

He went on to say that Yanez used "due caution" to avoid injury to the two passengers in the auto - Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter - when he stepped to the left of the vehicle and pointed his gun downward before firing.

"He gave me a deer-in-the-headlights look", Yanez said.

Yanez says he thought Castile looked like one of the robbery suspects.

When he pulled the auto over, Yanez said he could smell marijuana coming from Castile's vehicle.

The defense's attempt to argue that only Yanez's training was relevant, not that of other officers, began to falter when Mangseth testified about St. Anthony's training and policies.

A Minnesota police officer charged in the shooting death of a black motorist says he was "scared to death" in the split-second before he opened fire.

A Minnesota police officer accused of fatally shooting a black man last summer broke down on the stand today, saying, "I thought I was going to die", according to ABC affiliate KSTP-TV.

That's part of the reason Yanez's decision to draw his weapon under the circumstances present in Castile's vehicle last July 6 were justified, Kapelsohn said. Yanez fired seven shots, hitting Castile five times, including twice in the heart, prosecutors said.

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Whether the officer saw Castile's gun has become a key issue in his trial.

He testified that he saw Castile reaching for his gun and was forced to fire on him who did not obey his orders.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez is charged with manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile.

Paulsen pressed him on why he didn't mention in his written report that both Castile and his girlfriend told Yanez that he wasn't reaching for his gun. Once he saw Castile's hand on the gun, Dutton explained that de-escalating the situation was no longer an option. He said that was an “extraordinary, ” important detail, though prosecutor Jeff Paulsen suggested it might have just meant that Castile was reaching to unbuckle his seat belt.

Prosecutor Rick Dusterhoft asked Yanez about a statement to investigators where he said he saw the barrel of the gun before he fired.

Kapelsohn couched his opinion by saying ultimately it would be up to the jury to decide if Yanez was telling the truth about actually seeing Castile's hand on the gun during the traffic stop.

"Correct, but what I meant to say was (I saw) the (back portion) of the slide", Yanez said, adding he was under a lot of stress and exhausted when he gave his statement to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The shooting became known across the nation because the aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend.

"When Roseville police officers arrived you never warned them there was a gun did you?" The 32-year-old cafeteria worker had a permit for the weapon.

He was the second use-of-force expert to testify on behalf of the defense.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Paulsen noted during cross-examination that Minnesota law does not require permit holders to disclose the presence of a permit or gun.

"He had to react to the actions of Mr. Castile", said Joseph Dutton, a retired Mound and Golden Valley police officer. Four days later, during roll call, Yanez said he and his fellow officers were reminded again to be on the lookout for possible suspects in that case, as none had been found.


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