Daunte Wright Warrant: Brooklyn Center Police Say Man Fatally Shot Refused Arrest

Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was shot by an officer in Minneapolis before crashing his car a few blocks after, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, police say.

Wright, 20, was shot by police in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon at around 1:50 p.m. after being pulled over for a traffic stop. He then re-entered his car and drove a short distance before crashing the vehicle several blocks away, according to The Star Tribune.

Wright's family have spoken about the incident, with his mother saying on a Facebook live video that her son was stopped by officers for having "air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror."

But police allege that Wright had an outstanding arrest warrant and had refused arrest.

Here is the full statement from Brooklyn Center Police Department regarding the incident, which is also being investigated by Bureau of Criminal Apprehension:

"An investigation is underway following an incident earlier today which one person died.

"Brooklyn Center Police Department Officers initiated a stop for a traffic violation in the area of the 6300 block of Orchard Ave. in Brooklyn Center shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday.

"Officers determined that the drive of the vehicle had an outstanding warrant. At one point as officers were attempting to take the driver into custody, the driver re-entered the vehicle.

"One officer discharged their firearm, striking the driver. The vehicle travelled several blocks before striking another vehicle.

"Officers in pursuit and responding medical personal attempted life saving measures, but the person died at the scene. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Officer will release the person's name following a preliminary autopsy and family notification.

"A female passenger in the vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the crash. She was transported to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale.

"Occupants of the vehicle that was struck during the crash were uninjured.

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"Brooklyn Center officers wear body-worn cameras. We believe body-worn cameras and dash cameras were activated during this incident.

"Brooklyn Center Police Department has asked the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to conduct and independent investigation of the incident. Additional information will be released by the BCA as their investigation progresses."

Newsweek has contacted the police department and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for more comment in relation to the warrant and Wright's alleged refusal to be arrested.

A large crowd of protesters gathered on Sunday night at the Brooklyn Center Police Department were met by officers in riot gear. Although the protests started mainly peacefully, videos on social media showed clashes between activists and police officers, who were seen firing gas and chemical agent at the protesters. The Minnesota National Guard later arrived to assist police.

The news of Wright's death comes against the backdrop of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged with the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis last May. Chauvin was caught on video kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, actions Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said "absolutely" violated the department's policies during an arrest.

The killing sent shockwaves around the world, and triggered global Black Lives Protests, rallying against institutional police racism and brutality.

A 64 percent majority of Americans approve of the murder charges that prosecutors filed against Chauvin, with most agreeing that he should be convicted of murdering Floyd, according to a poll released on April 9.

Minnesota protests over Daunte Wright's death
People confront police outside the Brooklyn Center police headquarters on April 11, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Protesters took to the streets today after 20 year old Daunte Wright was shot and killed during a traffic stop by members of the Brooklyn Center police. Stephen Maturen/Getty