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(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) — More details have emerged about the man who was fatally shot in a car with a woman and child by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop Wednesday night.

The victim has been identified by family as Philando Castile. He was employed as a nutrition services assistant from November 2002 until being promoted to a nutrition services supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School Aug. 11, 2014, according to The Saint Paul Public School System.

Castile also worked at Arlington High School and Chelsea Heights during his employment with the school district, the school system said.

In an interview with CNN Thursday morning, the victim’s mother, Valerie Castile, described her son as laid back, hard-working and a good person.

“He’s been working since he was 15 years old. He‘s been paying taxes since he was 18 years old. He’s been consistently employed all those years. I just don’t understand it,” Valerie Castile told CNN. “I’m outraged about the whole situation because he is a really good person. He’s laid back. Everybody likes him. He’s no thug. He don’t run the street. He don’t go to bars. He just does none of that.”

Nekima Levy-Pounds, the president of the NAACP Minneapolis chapter, also confirmed Castile’s identity in a tweet early Thursday.

The incident in Falcon Heights, a suburb of Saint Paul, appeared to be partly documented in a Facebook Live recording posted by a woman in the car, who identified herself as the man’s girlfriend and said her daughter was also in the vehicle.

Police have identified the woman filming the altercation as Diamond Reynolds.

The video, posted Wednesday night, appeared to show an incident similar to the one police have described. It showed Reynolds sitting in a car with Castile, whose shirt appeared to be soaked in blood, saying an officer shot her boyfriend.

“Please, officer, don’t tell me that you just did this to him,” she said. “You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his license and registration, sir.”

Reynolds can be heard saying on video that the officer “asked him for license and registration. He told him that it was in his wallet, but he had a pistol on him because he’s licensed to carry. The officer said don’t move. As he was putting his hands back up, the officer shot him in the arm four or five times.”

In the interview with CNN Thursday morning, Castile’s mother said both her son and daughter have concealed weapon permits for Minnesota. Just hours before her son was fatally shot, Valerie Castile said he was at her house talking with his sister about how concealed-carry permit holders must be cautious, especially African-Americans.

“My daughter said, ‘You know what, I really don’t even want to carry my gun because I’m afraid that they’ll shoot me first and then ask questions later,’” Valerie Castile told CNN.

Valerie Castile said she believes her son told the police officer he was licensed to carry a gun.

“I’m sure he did because that was something we always discussed. Comply,” she told CNN Thursday morning. “That’s the key thing in order to survive being stopped by the police is to comply. Whatever they ask you to do, do it. Don’t say nothing. Just do whatever they want you to do. So what’s the difference in complying and you get killed anyway?”

The St. Anthony Police Department said in a statement early Thursday that at 9 p.m. on Wednesday “a St. Anthony Police Officer effected a traffic stop on Larpenteur and Fry in the City of Falcon Heights, Minnesota. During the stop, shots were fired. One adult male was taken to the hospital. We have been informed that this individual is deceased.”

The police department acknowledged there may be video of the incident on social media, and added that no one else was injured and a handgun was recovered from the scene.

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