Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old African-American man who was shot and killed in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Sunday, already had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for the charge of attempted aggravated robbery, according to Fox News.
Court records relating to the warrant reveal that Wright and an accomplice, Emajay Driver, were charged with first-degree aggravated robbery following an attempt in December of 2019. The incident took place in nearby Osseso, Minnesota, where the suspects attended a party at an apartment complex. The two of them spent the night at the apartment when they told the two women who were living there that they did not have a ride back home.
The next morning, after one woman left for work, the other woman prepared to leave the apartment with $820 in cash to pay for that month’s rent. In her witness testimony, she testified that Wright blocked the front door to her apartment and demanded the money from her, eventually pulling out a handgun. When she refused, Wright began choking her and attempted to take the money from her by force; the woman eventually broke free, kneeled down, and began screaming as loudly as possible. Wright and Driver kept demanding the money, with Wright attempting to strangle her once again, before they finally left the apartment and drove off in a white Cadillac without the money.
The victim eventually identified both men in a police lineup, and they were both arrested. Wright was released on a $100,000 bail, with the conditions of his release including being forbidden from taking any drugs or alcohol, as well as possessing a firearm. His bail was revoked in July of 2020 for violating the firearm condition of his release, as well as failing to keep in contact with his probation officer.
The case was ongoing when Wright was pulled over for a traffic violation after officers determined that he had an expired license plate. When the officers then discovered that he had an outstanding warrant after having violated his release conditions, they attempted to arrest Wright, who resisted and jumped back in his car in an effort to drive away. A female officer, Kim Potter, then withdrew her firearm, mistaking it for her taser and announcing that she was going to tase him, before shooting him in the chest and killing him.
Both Officer Potter and Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon announced their resignations on Tuesday. Since Wright’s death, there have been frequent riots in the city of Brooklyn Center and in neighboring communities, which have included violent clashes with the police, as well as looting of local businesses.