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Authorities identify Officer Jeronimo Yanez as man who shot black man in Minnesota

Investigators at the scene of a police-involved shooting on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Investigators at the scene of a police-involved shooting on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Falcon Heights, Minn.  (ap)

Authorities have identified the two police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a black Minnesota man during a traffic stop.

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension names them as Officer Jeronimo Yanez and Officer Joseph Kauser. It says both have been with the St. Anthony Police Department for four years.

The BCA statement says Yanez approached Philando Castile's car from the driver's side during the stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights on Wednesday night, and Kauser from the passenger side. It says Yanez opened fire, striking Castile multiple times.

No one else was injured.

Thomas Kelly, an attorney representing Yanez, did not immediately return a call seeking comment after the officers were identified. Kelly declined to comment on the case earlier Thursday.

According to a now-deleted online registry at The Knot, Yanez married a woman named Lyndsay Engstrom in November 2014. The couple live in Forest Lake, Minnesota, with their baby who was born on August 4, 2015.

Yanez graduated from Minnesota State University in Mankato in 2010 with a degree in law enforcement.

The BCA says its investigation is ongoing, including interviews with witnesses. Several videos, including squad car video of the incident, have been collected. St. Anthony officers don't wear body cameras.

The statement does not give the officers' races. Castile was black.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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