Tear gas has been fired and a curfew imposed amid angry protests after police fatally shot a black man in a traffic stop in the USA city of Brooklyn Center, just north of Minneapolis.
In a news release, the Brooklyn Center Police Department said officers pulled over the driver for a traffic violation just before 2 p.m., and ascertained he had an outstanding arrest warrant.
About 100 people, some visibly upset and one carrying a sign demanding "Justice for George Floyd", confronted police in riot gear after the officer shot a man in his auto in the suburb of Brooklyn Center.
Police wanted to take Wright into custody, but when he got back into his auto, one of the officers fired their weapon and struck him.
Wright was identified by family members, not by authorities.
John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, said at a middle-of-the-night news conference that marchers had descended upon the Brooklyn Center police department building after the Sunday afternoon shooting.
The family of Daunte Wright, 20, told a crowd that he was shot by police Sunday before getting back into his auto and driving away, then crashing the vehicle several blocks away. "The vehicle traveled several blocks before striking another vehicle". According to EMS audio, paramedics arrived at 1:48 PM and found one person dead.
Police vehicles were damaged following the shooting. Numerous protests turned into riots, with violence against police and civilians as well as acts of looting, property damage and arson.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has now launched an independent investigation of the incident.
Police said they tried to save the driver, but he died at the scene.
"Gwen and I are praying for Daunte Wright's family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement", he said on Twitter, referring to his wife. A passenger who got out of the auto was also covered in blood, Hanson said.
A crowd began to gather at the scene later in the day following a rally at St. Paul for families of people killed by police.
Wright's death comes as the nation closely watches the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with the murder of George Floyd.
"All he did was have an air freshener in the auto and they told him to get out of the vehicle".
Just before the start of the third week of Derek Chauvin's murder trial in the death of George Floyd, residents of a city nearby Minneapolis are reeling after another police-involved death of a Black man.
According to the statement, Wright was outside his auto and then "re-entered the vehicle" when an officer shot him.
Sunday's shooting was "tragic", said Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott.
The Brooklyn Center Police Department confirmed that officers wear body cameras and believe body and dash cameras were turned on during Wright's encounter with police and the subsequent shooting.
During the police encounter, Floyd was restrained on the ground as Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd's neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.
This is a developing story. Meanwhile, the Wrights demanded answers from police.