July 12, 2016 12:55 pm -

The attorney for a police officer charged in the killing of Philando Castile ways the officer believed he was a robbery suspect.

 (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

…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.

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