CRIME

Lawyer: Cop who shot Castile thought he was robbery suspect

  • After listening to speakers in front of the St. Anthony Police Department, participants marched north on Silver Lake Rd. to 39th Ave. NE and then returned to where they started. A few hundred demonstrators protested peacefully on Silver Lake Rd. NE in front of the St. Anthony Police Department headquarters Sunday afternoon, July 10, 2016 in St. Anthony. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)

    After listening to speakers in front of the St. Anthony Police Department, participants marched north on Silver Lake Rd. to 39th Ave. NE and then returned to where they started. A few hundred demonstrators protested peacefully on Silver Lake Rd. NE in front of the St. Anthony Police Department headquarters Sunday afternoon, July 10, 2016 in St. Anthony. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jeremiah Williams,10, far left, holds a sign that reads:"We need peace order discipline" at JJ Hill Montessori Magnet School, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Children marched there to protest the shooting death of Philando Castile, who worked at the school. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

    Jeremiah Williams,10, far left, holds a sign that reads:"We need peace order discipline" at JJ Hill Montessori Magnet School, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Children marched there to protest the shooting death of Philando Castile, who worked at the school. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A lawyer for a suburban Minnesota police officer who killed a black driver says his client pulled the man over in part because he believed he resembled a suspect in a robbery.

Philando Castile had no felony record and authorities have not said he was a suspect in any crime.

But attorney Thomas Kelly tells the Star Tribune newspaper that Officer Jeronimo Yanez thought the 32-year-old Castile looked like someone police had been seeking in a recent robbery.

Castile's girlfriend was in the vehicle. She has said Castile was reaching for his wallet when he was shot, after telling officers he had a gun and a permit for it.

Kelly told The Associated Press that Yanez was reacting to the seeing that gun when he drew his own weapon.