Who was Daunte Wright?
Daunte Wright was the black man who was allegedly killed by police in a Minneapolis suburb on Sunday, April 11, 2021. He was reportedly pulled over by officers in Brooklyn Center just before 2 pm. During the traffic stop, police said Wright began to drive away and an officer opened fire, striking him.
Wright drove another several blocks before crashing, according to a press release from the police department.
Daunte Wright Biography, Family, Facebook
According to multiple Facebook pages, Wright used over his 20-year life, the Minneapolis resident was born in Chicago and moved to Minnesota when he was young. He said he attended both Edison High School and Blaine High School and studied at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Friends tagged his most recent page, where he used the name Fammo Gamble, after his death. One friend wrote, “@ Fammo Gamble nooooo😭😭😭nooooo I hate this 🥺” Another wrote, “Rip Daunte Wright Fammo Gamble ❤️🙏🏼” He wrote in his Facebook profile, “Hustle now ball later.”
How old was Daunte Wright?
Daunte Wright was 20 years old at the time of death, April 11, 2021.
Daunte Wright Killed
According to police, Wright was pronounced dead at the scene after officers and responding medical personnel attempted life-saving measures. A woman was in the passenger seat of Wright’s car and she suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. She was taken to a local hospital, police said.
Daunte Wright Mother
Wright was identified as the victim by his mother, Katie Wright. According to Wright’s mother, her son’s body had been in the street for several hours.
Daunte Wright Girlfriend
Wright’s family said at the scene that he was the father of a son, Daunte Wright Jr., who will turn 2 in July, Star Tribune reporter Kim Hyatt tweeted.
Wright’s sister said on a YouTube Livestream by independent Minnesota media outlet Unicorn Riot, “He was so goofy. He just makes everybody happy. They took my brother away from me. … I’m so hurt, they really just took him. … I still can’t believe it…”
Daunte Wright Shooting
According to Brooklyn Center Police, the stop for a traffic violation occurred Sunday afternoon in the 6300 block of Orchard Avenue.
“Officers determined that the driver of the vehicle 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”.
Police said in the statement that the officers who had been in pursuit and responding medical personnel “attempted life-saving measures, but the person died at the scene.” He has since been identified as Wright. The crash occurred at the intersection of Kathrene Drive & 63rd Ave North in Brooklyn Center.
According to police, the occupants in the car who struck during the crash were not injured.
Wright’s family said the traffic violation that led to the stop was an air freshener that was hanging from the rearview mirror of his mother’s car, which he was driving, Minnesota Public Radio reporter Nina Moini said on Twitter.
Daunte Wright Video
Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, told reporters, “All he did was have air fresheners in his car and they told him to get out of the car and his girlfriend said they shot him. He got back in the car and drove away and he crashed. And now he’s dead on the ground. … Nobody will tell us anything, nobody will talk to us.
The BCA just says that they are investigating it. I asked them to please take my son off the ground.”
— Chris Hrapsky (@ChrisHrapsky) April 12, 2021
Katie Wright Wright told reporters she was on the phone with her son before he was shot, according to WCCO. She said he called her and said, “Mom, I’m getting pulled over. … They’re asking about insurance.” Katie Wright told reporters, “Then I heard the police officer come to the window and say ‘put the phone down and get out of the car.’ And Daunte said, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘We’ll explain to you when you get out of the car.’
Then I heard the phone get either put on the dashboard or dropped and I heard scuffling and I heard the police officer saying, ‘Daunte, don’t run,’ and then the other officer said, ‘Put the phone down,’ and hung it up. And then like a minute later I called and his girlfriend answered, which was the passenger in the car and said he had been shot and she put it on the driver’s side and my son was laying their lifeless.”
Daunte Wright Warrant
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott tweeted, “The officer shooting in Brooklyn Center today is tragic.
I am closely monitoring the situation in Brooklyn Center. Gwen and I are praying for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement.
— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) April 12, 2021
Officers determined the driver had an outstanding warrant, according to the press release.
“At one point as officers were attempting to take the driver into custody, the driver re-entered the vehicle,” police wrote.
“One officer discharged their firearm, striking the driver. The vehicle traveled several blocks before striking another vehicle,” according to the press release.
The name of the officer who shot Wright has not been released. Brooklyn Center police gave some details in a press release.