Man dead after being shot in Minnesota traffic stop

Man dead after being shot in Minnesota traffic stop

The family of a 20-year-old Minnesota man told a crowd that he was shot by police Sunday before getting back into his auto and driving away, then crashing the vehicle several blocks away.

The mother of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, told a crowd earlier Sunday evening that he called her to say he had been pulled over by police, local media reported.

Police said the shooting happened shortly before 2 p.m., when an officer stopped a vehicle on a traffic violation and found the driver had an outstanding warrant. Police said that when they tried to arrest the driver, the driver reentered the vehicle and drove away. Police fired rubber bullets, hitting at least two in the crowd, with at least one man left bleeding from the head, a Reuters witness said, before crowds marched to the police department building.

Police said Brooklyn Center officers wear body-worn cameras and they also believe dash cameras were activated during the incident.

A female passenger in the vehicle was also hurt but is expected to be okay and has been transported to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.

Dozens of people gathered after a man died following an officer-involved shooting and vehicle crash in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday afternoon. Around 7:15 p.m., the crowd broke the windshields of two squad cars and police fired non lethal rounds to try to disperse the crowd.

Demonstrators gathered shortly after the shooting and crash, with some jumping on top of police cars and confronting officers.

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said the shooting was "tragic".

A statement from police said that during the stop, officers determined that the driver had an outstanding warrant.

She told the StarTribune her son's body had been left on the ground by officers, saying: "Nobody will tell us anything".

Tim Walz tweeted he was praying for Wright's family "as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement".

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Talley said investigators will determine as much as they can, including why the suspect went back to the base. Officials at Fort Detrick confirmed those details through a statement on the facilities' Facebook page.

"One officer discharged their firearm, striking the driver", a statement read.

Police didn't immediately identify Wright or disclose his race, but some protesters who gathered near the scene waved flags and signs reading "Black Lives Matter".

A Sunday afternoon traffic stop in Minnesota turned into an officer-involved shooting and a vehicle accident.

Mr Wright's mother, Katie, said her son had called her during the traffic stop for auto insurance details.

A passenger who got out of the auto was also covered in blood, Ms Hanson said.

Wynfred Russell, a City Council member in neighboring Brooklyn Park, said in an interview on Sunday night that his community and Brooklyn Center have a large percentage of Black residents who are on edge over policing.

A woman who lives near the crash scene, Carolyn Hanson, said she saw officers pull a man out of a vehicle and perform CPR. The area has had the National Guard on site since the beginning of the trial of Derek Chauvin last month.

Mr Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Mr Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest operation in Minneapolis last May.

Floyd's death led to USA and global protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

This is a developing story.

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