ICYMI: Charges against Jeronimo Yanez reveal Philando Castile's final moments

Castile's last words, recorded at 9:06.04, were: "I wasn't reaching for it."
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St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was charged Wednesday with manslaughter for shooting Philando Castile on July 6, 2016.

The full criminal complaint filed against Yanez can be read here. We've pulled out some of the key pieces of information that haven't been discussed in detail before. (Note: The language and details in this story could be considered disturbing.)

What happened before the live stream

Approximately 1 minute and 42 seconds went by from the time Castile stopped the car (9:05:00 p.m.) to when Diamond Reynolds began live streaming on Facebook.

In that span, Yanez approached Castile's vehicle, told him about the broken brake light and, through the driver's side window, got Castile's insurance card.

At 9:05:52, according to the charges: "Castile calmly informed Yanez: 'Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me.' Before Castile completed the sentence, Yanez interrupted and calmly replied 'Okay' and placed his right hand on the holster of his own holstered gun."

Over the next 7 seconds, Yanez told Castile not to "pull it out," to which Castile and Reynolds responded he wasn't. Yanez screamed the command again, pulled his own weapon out of the holster, and fired into the car seven times.

"I wasn't reaching for it," were Castile's last words.

At 9:06:03 Reynolds yelled, "You just killed my boyfriend."

Castile's last words, recorded at 9:06:04, were: "I wasn't reaching for it."

38 seconds later the live stream begins.

Medics on the scene later found a .40 caliber handgun in Castile's pocket. It did have a loaded magazine, but no bullet in the chamber.

What Yanez said after the shooting

Two conversations Yanez had about the shooting are described in the complaint.

One came at 9:13 p.m., minutes afterward, and was with a fellow St. Anthony police officer. Yanez said in part he told Castile not to "reach for it" repeatedly, but Castile "had his, his grip a lot wider than a wallet."

Yanez continued:

"And I don't know where the gun was, he didn't tell me where the fucking gun was and then it was just getting hinky, he gave, he was just staring straight ahead, and the (sic) I was getting fucking nervous, and then I told him, I know I fucking told him to get his fucking hand off his gun."

The following day Yanez gave an interview to a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator, describing a similar scene – though noting Castile, when he reached his right hand down, had turned his body and Yanez couldn't see what he was doing. Here's part of the interview:

"And then he still kept moving his hand and at this point I looked and saw something in his hand. It was dark inside the vehicle. I was trying to fumble my way through under stress to look and see what it was to make sure uh what I was seeing. ... But I, I know he had an object and it was dark. ... And as he was pulling it out I, a million things started going through my head. And I thought I was gonna die. And, I was scared because, I didn't know if he was gonna, I didn't know what he was gonna do."

What the other officer saw

Joesph Kauser, who responded to the scene as backup after Yanez requested, was standing on the passenger side when the shooting happened. Here's what he told Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigators just after 1 a.m. that night.

"Um I couldn't hear the conversation going on inside the vehicle. I could hear what my partner was saying. And, I, I don't remember the entire conversation. I know my partner said don't reach for it. And the passenger kinda leaned on his right butt cheek and he put his hand on his right hip. I don't know if he was reaching for a firearm or wallet. I, I couldn't see. I just saw that he had his right hand on his hip. Like I said, my partner said don't reach for it. And then there were shots fired."

Kauser also said he didn't see Yanez's gun until Yanez began shooting. He also said Yanez never gave him a warning Castile might have a gun.

And when asked if he was surprised when Yanez began shooting, Kauser replied "absolutely."

The seven shots

Yanez, in addition to the manslaughter charge, faces two counts of dangerously discharging a firearm. Part of the reason for those charges was the presence of Reynolds in the front seat, and her 4-year-old daughter in the back seat.

Yanez fired seven times. Castile was hit "multiple" times (though the criminal complaint doesn't have a specific figure.)

At least two bullets missed Castile.

One bullet hit the arm rest between Castile and Reynolds.

Another struck the back seat on the driver's side – Reynolds' daughter was sitting on the passenger side in the back seat.

The Super America robbery

One of the reasons Yanez gave for pulling Castile's vehicle over was that he looked like a suspect in a Super USA robbery from four days earlier, partly because of his "wide set nose."

That robbery has not been solved.

But, a subsequent investigation ruled out Castile as a suspect. That's in part because a similar robbery, with a similar suspect and similar firearm, occurred in Blaine after Castile's death. And the firearm in those incidents doesn't appear to match Castile's.

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