Woman live-streams aftermath after officer shoots, kills boyfriend

Posted at 3:17 AM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 06:11:46-04

The aftermath of an officer-involved shooting has gone viral, after the events were live-streamed by the victim's girlfriend on Facebook. That video has since been taken off the social media network, but has reappeared online from other sources, including Youtube. (Warning: video is quite graphic in nature)

At a 3:00 a.m. ET press conference, police officials announced that the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid leave, but refused to take any questions from reporters.


The video, posted Wednesday night on Facebook Live, appeared to show an incident like the one police described. The video showed a woman sitting in a car with a man whose shirt appeared to be soaked in blood, saying an officer shot her boyfriend.

The victim was identified as Philando Castile. The hashtag #PhilandoCastile was trending on both facebook and twitter overnight.

St. Anthony Police interim police chief Jon Mangseth told reporters at a news conference that the incident began when an officer from his agency initiated a traffic stop around 9 p.m. Wednesday in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb.

Mangseth says he didn't have "much information" about what led to the shooting. In the video, the woman claims they were pulled over for a broken tail light.

The police chief says the woman and child weren't hurt.