Officer who fatally shot black motorist Philando Castile leaves department

(Reuters) - A police officer in Minnesota who was acquitted of fatally shooting black motorist Philando Castile has left his job under a separation agreement with his suburban department, the city said on Monday.

Jeronimo Yanez, was an officer with the St. Anthony Police Department, when he shot Castile five times during a traffic stop in July 2016. He was found not guilty last month of second-degree manslaughter.

The death of Castile, 32, drew national attention as it occurred during a wave of high-profile police killings of black men. The incidents sparked street protests in cities across the United States accusing police of using excessive force against blacks.

"A reasonable voluntary separation agreement brings to a close one part of this horrible tragedy," the city of St. Anthony said in a statement.

Crime scene photos from the shooting of Philando Castile

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The gun belonging to Philando Castile lies on the ground outside his car, in an evidence photo taken after he was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017.

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

Bloodstains and bullet holes are seen in the front seat and seatbelt in the car of Philando Castile, in an evidence photo taken after he was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

The bloodied car insurance papers of Philando Castile are seen in the pocket of St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez in an investigation photograph after Yanez fatally shot Castile during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

A still image from police video shows Diamond Reynolds crying next to her daughter while handcuffed in the back seat of a police patrol vehicle, after her boyfriend Philando Castile was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in the Falcon Heights suburb of St Paul, Minnesota, U.S. July 6, 2016. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez poses for investigation photographs after he fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop in July 2016, in a combination of photos released on June 20, 2017 after a jury declared Yanez not guilty of second-degree manslaughter. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

The car of Philando Castile is seen surrounded by police vehicles in an evidence photo taken after he was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

A child's car seat is seen at the rear of Philando Castile's car, in an evidence photo taken after he was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

The gun belonging to Philando Castile lies on the ground outside his car next to bloodstains and a shoe, in an evidence photo taken after he was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

An investigator holds the wallet of Philando Castile in an evidence photo taken after he was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

A shell casing from a bullet fired at Philando Castile lies outside his car, in an evidence photo taken after he was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017. 


(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

Bloodstains and a marker are seen on the car of Philando Castile, in an evidence photo taken after he was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

A bullet hole is seen in a bloodied seat belt in the car of Philando Castile, in an evidence photo taken after he was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

Bloodstains and bullet holes are seen in the front seat and seatbelt in the car of Philando Castile, in an evidence photo taken after he was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

A still image from police video shows Diamond Reynolds being comforted by her daughter while handcuffed in the back seat of a police patrol vehicle, after her boyfriend Philando Castile was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in the Falcon Heights suburb of St Paul, Minnesota, U.S. July 6, 2016. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

A bullet extracted from the car of Philando Castile is seen in an evidence photo taken after Castile was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

Bloodstains are seen next to markers outside the car of Philando Castile, in an evidence photo taken after he was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

Bloodstains surround a bullet hole in the car of Philando Castile, in an evidence photo taken after he was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

An investigator lifts fabric to show a bullet lodged in the car of Philando Castile, in an evidence photo taken after he was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

Bloodstains are seen next to a marker in the car of Philando Castile in an evidence photo taken after he was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

The trajectory of where a bullet became lodged next to a child's chair in the rear seat of the car of Philando Castile is seen in an evidence photo taken after he was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017. 

(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS)

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"The City concluded this was the most thoughtful way to move forward and help the community-wide healing process proceed."

Yanez, who is Hispanic, was not convicted of a crime so he would have appeal and grievance rights if terminated, the statement added.

Details of the agreement were not disclosed. City officials could not be reached for comment after business hours. An attorney for Yanez did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Yanez, 29, testified that he had feared for his life after Castile told him that he was carrying a firearm and reached for his wallet when Yanez asked to see identification.

Prosecutors said Yanez was not justified in firing his gun, saying that Castile was courteous and non-threatening.

Castile's girlfriend, who was in the car with him when he was shot, live-streamed the bloody aftermath on social media. The video quickly went viral.

Shortly after the verdict, the city of St. Anthony said Yanez, the son of a Mexican immigrant, would not return to active duty and it was negotiating a "voluntary separation agreement" with him.

Castile's family reached a $3 million settlement with the city of St. Anthony last month.

(Reporting by Timothy Mclaughlin in Chicago; Editing by Andrew Hay)

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