According to the Star Tribune, relatives of Daunte Wright, 20, told a growing crowd in Brooklyn Center that he was shot by police in Plymouth on Sunday afternoon, got back into his auto and drove several blocks to Brooklyn Center, where he crashed the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Twenty-year-old Daunte Wright called his mother at approximately 1:40 p.m. telling her that he was being pulled over.
Police said the shooting happened shortly before 2 p.m., when an officer stopped a auto on a traffic violation and found the driver had an outstanding warrant. The man ostensibly attempted to re-enter the vehicle as officers tried to take him in custody, and one of the officers shot the man. An officer fired at the vehicle, striking the driver, with the auto travelling several blocks before striking another vehicle.
The scene had been largely nonviolent, though hours earlier, a crowd that gathered near the scene where the driver died included some people who jumped on police vehicles and broke their windows, according to video posted on Facebook.
The police department added that body and dash cameras were switched on during the incident and that an independent investigation into the case has been opened.
A female passenger sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to the police.
By late Sunday, Brooklyn Center police had fired gas into the crowd of protesters who had gathered outside the police station.
At one point, police fired rubber bullets, hitting at least two people in the crowd, and bloodying at least one, according to the Reuters witness. "We are asking the protesters to continue to be peaceful and that peaceful protesters are not dealt with force", Brooklyn Centre Mayor Mike Elliott said on Twitter.
Police vehicles were damaged following the shooting.
The woman said she called her son's phone back and that Mr. Wright's girlfriend answered.
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"Gwen and I are praying for Daunte Wright's family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement".
Police wanted to take Wright into custody, but when he got back into his vehicle, one of the officers fired their weapon and struck him.
Katie Wright, Daunte's mother, tearfully pleaded for more information regarding the incident and for her son's body to be moved from the street.
"The officer shooting in Brooklyn Center today is tragic". In a tweet he said, "We want to make sure everyone is safe". "Then I heard the police officer come to the window and say, 'Put the phone down and get out of the vehicle.' And Daunte said why".
"I asked them to please take my son off the ground", she said.
A black teen was shot by police under unclear circumstances in Brooklyn Center, west of Minneapolis City.
The incident happened with Minneapolis already on edge and midway through the trial of the first of four police officers in George Floyd's death. The site is approximately 10 minutes away from where Floyd died last May.
Floyd's death led to U.S. and global protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
This story is still developing.