Man dead after being shot in Minnesota traffic stop

Image shows a crowd gathered at the Brooklyn Center police department

Crowds of people gathered on Sunday at a Brooklyn Center intersection where family members said Duante Wright, 20, was fatally shot by police in nearby Plymouth.

The dead man was named by relatives on the scene as Daunte Wright, 20, according to the Star Tribune.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the police station in Brooklyn Center, northwest of Minneapolis, with police later firing tear gas and flash bangs to disperse the crowd, according to an AFP videojournalist.

Anti-police protesters have already spent recent days rallying in Minneapolis as the trial of Derek Chauvin, a white former city policeman, enters the third week in a courthouse ringed with barriers and soldiers from the National Guard.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said he was monitoring the situation.

What's the latest at the scene?

At approximately 6 PM, over 100 protesters who had gathered, tore down crime scene tape, and began attacking police vehicles and advanced towards Police who were assembled nearby in riot gear.

Riot police fired tear gas at the crowd. "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. In a tweet he said, "We want to make sure everyone is safe".

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension confirmed to AFP it was "investigating an officer-involved shooting incident" in Brooklyn Center, but declined to identify the victim.

Press release from Brooklyn Center PD.

Officers stand guard outside Brooklyn Center Police Department

Protesters chanted "Say his name: Daunte Wright!" as a line of police stretched down the street near the intersection where Wright crashed.

According to a statement from Brooklyn Center police, officers stopped a person shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday after determining the driver had an outstanding warrant. As they tried to arrest him, he got back into the auto and an officer fired at him, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said in a news release. "The vehicle traveled several blocks before striking another vehicle". The family of Daunte Wright said he was later pronounced dead.

A female passenger in the auto suffered "non-life-threatening injuries" and was transported to a local hospital, said the statement, which did not identify the woman.

Police say both officers' body cameras were recording during the incident.

Katie Wright said she heard officers tell her son to put his phone down, and then one of the officers ended the call. Hanson also told ABC that she saw another passenger get out of the vehicle "covered in blood".

"All he did was have an air freshener in the auto and they told him to get out of the vehicle". "Nobody will talk to us".

"I asked them to please take my son off the ground", she said.

A woman who lives near the crash site said she saw officers pull a man out of a auto and perform CPR.

The murder trial of Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd has been under way in the city for two weeks now. The site is approximately 10 minutes away from where Floyd died last May.

George Floyd's death sparked waves of protests around the city, many peaceful but some violent with hundreds of buildings damaged.

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