Man shot in Minneapolis had arrest warrant for armed robbery

Wednesday, April 14
USA


Daunte Wright and his son.  (Facebook)

The 20-year-old Black man shot by a police officer in a Minneapolis suburb Sunday afternoon, had an open warrant for his arrest related to an aggravated armed robbery attempt when he was killed, according to court records.

Daunte Wright and another high school acquaintance, had both been charged with first-degree aggravated robbery in December 2019.

According to the documents, Wright went to a party where he was allowed to stay the night because he did not have a ride home.

In the morning, one of the two women gave $820 in cash to pay the other for rent and then left for work.

Wright then blocked the door and allegedly pulled a handgun out and demanded the $820 from the other woman.

The victim asked him, "Are you serious?" to which he allegedly responded, "Give me the f---ing money, I know you have it," according to the court documents.

When she asked again if he was serious, he allegedly told her, "I’m not playing around."  

Wright then allegedly choked the woman while trying to pull the cash out from under her bra, where she had tucked it away.

The court documents say she was able to pry herself loose and "started to kneel down and scream." 

Wright allegedly told her he would shoot her and said, "Give me the money and we will leave, give me the money and we will go."

He allegedly tried to choke her a second time and tried to take her money, according to the court documents. 

The two men then left the apartment and left the scene without the money. 

The woman later identified Wright and Driver via photo line-ups.

Wright was arrested and later released on $100,000 bail. 

As a condition of his release, he was not to have contact with the victim or witnesses, had to refrain from drugs and alcohol, and could not possess a firearm.

Wright’s bail was revoked in July because he allegedly possessed a firearm and was not keeping in touch with his probation officer.

The case was still pending when Wright was pulled over Sunday for having an expired license plate. 

Police then tried to arrest him on an outstanding warrant after failing to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June. 

Body camera footage released by the Brooklyn Center police department on Monday shows the moments after Wright had gotten out of his car. 



Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the medical examiner. 

Kim Potter, the officer charged with his killing, resigned Tuesday, as did the city's police chief.

Source: Newsday/News Wires/Court Records