Girlfriend of man killed by cop facing serious charges

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Former girlfriend of Philando Castile, Diamond Reynolds, was detained on Thursday and faces aggravated assault felony charges, reports Fox 9 News.

Reynolds and three other women were arrested for assaulting a woman with a hammer in St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, says ABC News.

According to the police report, a 24-year-old woman “had been jumped by a group of females and that the victim had been struck in the head with a hammer.” It was reported that Reynolds was the one who used the hammer to physically assault the woman. The circumstances that led up to the incident remain unclear and are undergoing further investigation.

The victim’s name has not been released. She was transported to Regions Hospital for serious head trauma and was later released.

While at the hospital, the victim identified the three women involved in the incident, which led to Reynold’s arrest, along with 28-year-old Chnika Chateise Blair and 25-year-old Dyamond Casyana Richardson.

Charges are expected to be filed on Friday afternoon.

Reynolds was appeared in national headlines last July for Facebook live streaming the aftermath of her boyfriend, Philando Castile’s, fatal shooting by a St. Anthony police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. Her Facebook video went viral and sparked protests over racially-fueled police shootings involving black men.

Since his death, the officer involved in the fatality has been charged with manslaughter and it scheduled to go on trial in May, says the report.

H/T: Fox 9 News, ABC 6 News

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