Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to correct the details of Daunte Wright’s previous criminal record. An outstanding warrant at the time of the shooting was related to misdemeanor charges on illegally possessing a firearm and fleeing from a police officer. The open warrant on Wright was not related to the aggravated robbery charge, as previously reported.
More details are slowly making their way out about Daunte Wright, the young man who was shot and killed by a police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minn.
With riots and demonstrations continuing in the city over the incident, Fox News reported Tuesday night there was an open warrant for Wright’s arrest related to an aggravated armed robbery attempt when he was killed, though court records appear to show there was actually an outstanding warrant for his failure to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during a previous encounter with Minneapolis police.
Wright and a high school acquaintance, Emajay Maurice Driver, were both charged with first-degree aggravated robbery in a December 2019 incident in Osseso, Minn., according to documents.
Court documents show that Wright and Driver went to a party about 5 miles from Brooklyn Center. The men would end up spending the night at the apartment, reportedly because they had no ride home. The next morning, when one of the two women paid the other her share of the rent — $820 in cash — before leaving for work, the two men allegedly tried to rob her.
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As Wright and Driver were waiting for their rides, the other woman who stayed behind said Wright allegedly blocked the door, preventing her from leaving. Wright then allegedly pulled a black handgun “with silver trim out from either his right waistband or his right coat pocket,” pointed it at the woman and demanded the $820, the court documents say. […]
Wright then allegedly choked the woman while trying to pull the cash out from under her bra, where she had tucked it away. […]
He allegedly tried to choke her a second time and tried to take her money, according to the court documents. Driver allegedly told her to give Wright the money. The two men then left the apartment, got into a white Cadillac, and left the scene without the money. The woman later identified Wright and Driver via photo line-ups.
Wright was arrested over the incident and released on $100,000 bail and was due in court on the charges this August, according to records. That bail was revoked in July because he violated one of the conditions, which was that he couldn’t possess a firearm, and because he had failed to keep in touch with his probation officer, according to the court documents.
When Wright was pulled over for the expired tag, police reportedly found he had an outstanding warrant related to misdemeanor charges from 2020, issued April 2, for his failure to appear at a hearing for the charges of possessing a pistol without a permit and fleeing from a police officer, according to the Minnesota State Court Administrator’s Office.
There was a rush in the media to showcase photos of Wright, 20, posing with his 2-year-old son — there were other photos that didn’t get the same fanfare. Photos of him posing with handguns and wads and wads of cash.
A New York Times headline blared that he’d spent his “final moments talking with his mother.”
And his grieving mother claimed that as a result of that call, her son was pulled over for an air freshener — a rumor that took off online.
“All he did was have air fresheners in the car and they told him to get out of the car,” the emotionally distraught mother said.
In reality, Wright was pulled over for an expired tag and officers tried to arrest him after learning of the warrant for failing to appear and the fleeing and gun charges.
As three officers tried to handcuff him outside his vehicle, Wright violently jerked away and jumped inside the car. A female voice was heard in body-cam footage shouting “Taser!” just before Wright was shot. This is part of their training to alert officers nearby that a Taser shot is imminent.
According to now former Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, the officer who shot Wright — who has also since resigned — intended to use her taser, not her service weapon. The shooting is classified as an “accidental discharge.”
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