Woman films aftermath of deadly officer-involved shooting in Minnesota

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A Minnesota woman appeared to live-stream on Facebook the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting Wednesday that left her boyfriend, 32-year-old Philando Castile, dead.

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St. Anthony Police confirmed the shooting in Falcon Heights, and said it took place after a traffic stop. Castile's uncle told the Star Tribune he died Wednesday night a few minutes after he arrived at a local hospital. In the 10-minute video, the girlfriend explains she was driving with Castile and her 4-year-old-daughter when they were pulled over for having a broken tail light. Castile was asked to show his license and registration, she said, and he notified the officers that he was licensed to carry a concealed weapon. When he went to get his ID out of his wallet, she said, "the officer just shot him in the arm four or five times."

In the video, an officer can be heard screaming, "I told him not to reach for it! I told him to get his hand out," WCCO reports. The video shows Castile's body covered in blood, and his girlfriend can be heard saying, "Please don't tell me my boyfriend's gone." The video was briefly removed from Facebook, but was back up early Thursday. Shortly after midnight, dozens of peaceful protesters gathered at the scene, with some chanting anti-police slogans, the Star Tribune reports. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.

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Catherine Garcia

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.