St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez, the officer who fired the shots that killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, is being charged with second-degree manslaughter. Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced the charge Wednesday.
Prosecutors have been considering what charges, if any, they would file against Yanez since the shooting. In addition to the manslaughter charge, two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm were also filed against him.
Castile’s body as he died after the shooting was streamed live on Facebook by his girlfriend, who was with him in the car along with her four-year-old daughter. She said Yanez shot Castile several times while Castile was reaching for his identification after telling Yanez he had permit for a gun and was armed.
The video went viral on social media and drew national attention.