Shootout in Brooklyn Heart, Minnesota: Crowds collect after a person dies in a taking pictures
The victim was identified as Daunte Wright, according to a tweet from Minnesota governor Tim Walz.
“I’m closely monitoring the situation in Brooklyn Center,” wrote Walz. “Gwen and I pray for Daunte Wright’s family as our state grieves for another black man’s life taken by law enforcement.”
“The officer who shoots at the Brooklyn Center today is tragic,” said Mike Elliott, Brooklyn Center Mayor, on Twitter. “We call on the demonstrators to continue to be peaceful and that peaceful demonstrators are not treated with violence.” Aerial footage by CNN member KARE on Sunday revealed that several police cars were inundated by crowds around the crash site at the Brooklyn Center after they died that afternoon. The affiliate video showed people trying to damage police vehicles.
After dark, the groups of people had gathered around the Brooklyn Center police department, reported CNN crews on site. The officers held a line outside the department, and some officers were on top of the building.
A representative from the Brooklyn Center Police Department made an announcement through the spokesman announcing an illegal gathering and gave the group a ten-minute warning to disperse at 9:30 p.m. local time.
Five minutes later they received a five-minute warning before there was a loud bang and people ran off. Some of the crowd stayed to disperse according to the instructions.
Police say the victim died on the scene
Police said they attempted to arrest the man after discovering he had pending arrest warrants during a traffic incident.
The man got back in his vehicle and an officer dismissed his firearm, according to a testimony from Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon. He then drove several blocks before hitting another vehicle, police said.
Police and medical staff attempted life-saving measures after the crash, but the man died on the scene, Gannon said.
CNN reached out to the doctor’s office to determine the official cause of death.
Body camera recordings of the incident exist, but have not yet been published, the authorities said.
Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is on site and will be conducting an investigation into the incident, Gannon said.
The Brooklyn Center Community Schools announced that schools will be closed on Monday and will switch to distance learning “out of caution after the shooting by officials”, Superintendent Dr. Carly Baker wrote in a message posted on the school’s website.
“I haven’t fully processed the tragedy in our community and am prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of our students, families, staff and community members. Tomorrow our staff will focus on the needs of our students. We know our community has experienced trauma and we need time and space to process it. “
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
CNN’s Joe Sutton contributed to this report.