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Attorney: Deadly force not justified in Castile shooting, officer will be charged

St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez takes part in the Standing of the Memorial Guard event at the State Capitol in St. Paul in May 2014. Photo courtesy of the city of Falcon Heights.  

ST. PAUL—Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said that the use of deadly force in the shooting of Philando Castile last July was not justified and he will bring criminal charges against the St. Anthony police officer.

"Unreasonable fear can not justify the use of deadly force," Choi said during a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 16.

He will bring second-degree manslaughter and dangerous discharge of a firearm charges against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez.

The case of the 32-year-old man black man who was shot to death on July 6 in Falcon Heights by Yanez has been in the hands of the county attorney's office for review since the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension turned over its investigation findings to the prosecutors at the end of September.

At the time, Choi said, "Our office will work as efficiently as possible, while ensuring we conduct a diligent and thorough prosecution review."