Ramsey County takes over Philando Castile case

The County Attorney will now decide whether to charge Officer Yanez who killed Castile in July.

Kacey Holmen

The investigation of the officer-involved fatal shooting of Philando Castile has been turned over to prosecutors.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Wednesday that it has given its investigation findings to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office to determine if it will criminally charge the police officer who shot Castile.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has not yet announced whether his office will make the decision or use a grand jury.

The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office posted a “Frequently asked questions” column on the case Wednesday. The office didn’t provide a timeline of when the public can expect a decision.

“It is very likely that we will be requesting further investigation from the BCA, as is typical in these types of cases,” the column reads.

On July 6, Philando Castile was shot by Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony police officer, during a routine traffic stop in Falcon Heights. His death has spurred multiple rallies and demonstrations across the country.

In a statement, the City of Falcon Heights said it was aware the investigation has been turned to Ramsey County.

“We are committed to an accountable and thorough review of what has happened. The City stands ready to participate fully in the next steps of ensuring that justice is served and healing can continue,” the statement read.