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A Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police shooting during a traffic stop is igniting growing protests in a statement already reeling from the George Floyd death.

The latest police shooting comes as Minnesota is grappling with the Derek Chauvin trial, raising tensions in an already tense community. There were conflicting reports about which department’s officer shot Wright; The Minneapolis Star Tribune claimed that Wright was shot in Plymouth but drove to Brooklyn Center and died. However, KSTP-TV reported that a Brooklyn Center police officer fatally shot the driver after a traffic stop.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, relatives identified the man shot by Plymouth police as Daunte Wright, 20. Crowds gathered in Brooklyn Center, where the relatives claimed that police shot Wright, he drove to Brooklyn Center while wounded, and then crashed the car, dying in that community.

Here’s what you need to know:


Authorities Confirmed There Was an ‘Officer-Involved Shooting Incident’

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension wrote on Twitter that there was an officer-involved shooting, but they said it was in Brooklyn Center in their tweet.

BCA agents and crime scene personnel are en route to an officer involved shooting incident in Brooklyn Center. More information to come.

The name of the officer and other details have not been released. Scanner traffic indicated a person was found dead just before 2 p.m. on April 11, 2021.

Brooklyn Center police gave some details in a press release.

They wrote that 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 the driver 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 traveled several blocks before striking another vehicle.”

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Officers in pursuit and responding medical personnel attempted life saving measures but the person died at the scene. Authorities are not releasing the name until a preliminary autopsy and family notification.

There was a female passenger in the car who 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 not uninjured.

It’s believed body worn cameras and dash cameras were activated. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.

There was no mention of whether the driver had a weapon himself.


An Officer Was Also Injured

The Star Tribune reported that a police officer was injured and taken to the hospital, according to dispatch audio. However, it was not yet clear what that officer’s condition was or how the injuries were caused.

Police in riot gear were at the scene, and crowds were angry.

Nicole Neri, a freelance photojournalist, wrote on Twitter, “Daunte Wright was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop around 2pm today. Im here at the scene, where several dozen people are chanting and holding space at the police line.”

Tim Nelson, of Wisconsin Public Radio, wrote on Twitter, “Katie Wright says her son, Daunte was killed in Brooklyn Center a shooting involving police. She said he was taking his new car to get it washed when an encounter with police apparently turned fatal Sunday afternoon.”