A routine Minnesota traffic stop left one Black man dead after a police officer opened fire in his vehicle. Less than 24 hours after two Baton Rouge, Louisiana officers killed Alton Sterling, a Minnesota police officer fatally shot Philando Castile, a 32-year-old motorist, in Falcon Heights, a city close to Minneapolis.
Castile died at Hennepin County Medical Center around 11 pm, according to his mother, Valerie Castile. She told CBS Minnesota that the officer shot him while he sat in a car with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and their 4-year-old daughter.
The St. Anthony police department confirmed that a police officer killed Castile in a July 6 press conference.
Sergeant Jon Mangseth, the St. Anthony Police Department's interim chief, told USA Today that the officer who killed Castile has been on the force for five years.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave as the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigates the shooting, according to CBS Minnesota. Yet, Mangseth told CBS Minnesota that this is the first police-involved shooting in Falcon Heights in 30 years.
"[We haven't had an] officer-involved shooting in, you know, 30 years or more. I’d have to go back in the history books, to tell you the truth," he said.
While that may be true, there have been recent police-involved shootings in Minnesota that made national headlines.
Philando Castile is the 561 person killed by the police in 2016. He is the 16 person this month.
July 7, 2016, 12:57 pm: This post has been updated to reflect the correct name of Castille's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds.