The latest on the police shooting in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

By Melissa Macaya, Melissa Mahtani, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 3:25 AM ET, Tue April 13, 2021
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12:29 p.m. ET, April 12, 2021

Daunte Wright's older brother says he believes Wright didn't know he had a warrant out for his arrest

From CNN’s Adrienne Broaddus

Daunte Wright’s older brother Damik Bryant told CNN he believes Wright did not know there was a warrant for his arrest.

Wright died following an encounter with Brooklyn Center police at a traffic stop Sunday afternoon.

Moments before the traffic stop, Bryant said Wright was heading to Bryant's new home for a visit. Bryant said he had texted Wright asking him what was taking so long, and Wright said he had been at a car wash.

He said when his brother was pulled over, he sent him a text saying, “I got pulled over” and asked about the insurance information. Bryant said he told his brother to call their mother for that information and he did. 

But by that time, Bryant said, officers had already entered Wright’s name in the system. “So he called my mom. And she said put me on the phone with the officer, but he already told him his name not thinking he had a warrant, you know, cops came back to the car and the original stop was for air fresheners,” Bryant said. 

“They asked him to step out the car and you know his first instinct was, ‘what did I do, what's wrong?’ And they were like ‘well, put the phone down, get out the car now we'll talk to you about it when you get out.’ So, he gets out the car, and you know he's, there's a bunch of police already, you know, so they ask him to put his hands behind his back, and then he tries to get back in the car to leave and they fired,” Bryant said. 

While police have not explained why they conducted the initial traffic stop, his mother told CNN affiliate WCCO that Wright told her "they pulled him over because had air fresheners hanging from the rearview mirror."

Wright’s girlfriend was riding in the car with him, Bryant told CNN. 

“His girlfriend called my mom on FaceTime and said that they shot Daunte and mom was like, ‘let me see him’ and he was slumped over,” Bryant said wiping away tears. “We don’t even really know why. We know what happened and we don’t know why."

11:35 a.m. ET, April 12, 2021

SOON: Police will give an update on yesterday's deadly shooting

The Brooklyn Center Police Department in Minnesota is scheduled to hold a press conference to give updates on yesterday's deadly officer-involved shooting.

It is expected to start at 12 p.m. ET. 

Previously, police reported they were trying to take a man into custody on Sunday after they determined he had outstanding warrants during a traffic stop. He got back into his vehicle and an officer shot him, police said. He then drove several blocks before striking another vehicle, police said.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz identified the man killed in Sunday's incident as Daunte Wright.

11:48 a.m. ET, April 12, 2021

Minnesota National Guard will increase on-duty personnel after Brooklyn Center unrest

From CNN’s Eric Fiegel

Members of the Minnesota National Guard block access to Brooklyn Center police headquarters on April 11.
Members of the Minnesota National Guard block access to Brooklyn Center police headquarters on April 11. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

The Minnesota National Guard said it has expedited the plan to increase the number of Guard members on duty “in response to the events overnight in Brooklyn Center.” As of this morning, about 500 personnel are activated. 

The National Guard said in a tweet it had originally been planning to increase the number of Guard members as closing arguments approach in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin.

“We will continue to assist in protecting lives and property and maintaining peace in Minnesota's community,” the Minnesota National Guard tweeted.

CNN previously reported that the state deployed the Minnesota National Guard in response to "growing civil unrest” after Daunte Wright was shot by a police officer and died following a traffic stop.

9:32 a.m. ET, April 12, 2021

Mayor calls Brooklyn Center police shooting "tragic"

From CNN’s Joe Sutton

The Brooklyn Center mayor issued a brief statement last night on the officer-involved shooting in his city. 

“The officer shooting in Brooklyn Center today is tragic. We are asking the protesters to continue to be peaceful and that peaceful protesters are not dealt with with force,” Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said in a tweet.

Here's more from the mayor:

9:21 a.m. ET, April 12, 2021

ACLU of Minnesota calls for an immediate investigation into the death of Daunte Wright

From CNN's Alta Spells

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is calling for "an immediate, transparent and independent investigation" by agencies other than the Brooklyn Center Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) after the deadly police shooting in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, the group said in a statement.  

They are also asking that body camera footage of the shooting to be released quickly, the statement said:

"The ACLU-MN has deep concerns that police here appear to have used dangling air fresheners as an excuse for making a pretextual stop, something police do all too often to target Black people. The warrant appears to be for a non-felony," said the statement. It continued, "While we are waiting to learn more, we must reiterate that police violence and killings of people of color must end, as must the over-policing and racial profiling that are endemic to our white supremacist system of policing."

Police said Daunte Wright ran back to his vehicle as they were trying to take him into custody for outstanding warrants during a traffic stop. According to a statement from the Brooklyn Center Police Department, once in the car, officers fired on Wright and he continued to drive for several blocks before crashing into another vehicle.

The BCA is in charge of the investigation into Wright's death. 

9:35 a.m. ET, April 12, 2021

A Black man was shot and killed after a traffic stop yesterday

From CNN's Keith Allen, Adrienne Broaddus, Hollie Silverman and Joe Sutton

Daunte Wright.
Daunte Wright. Family Photo/WCCO

Hundreds protested Sunday night after a Black man in Minnesota was shot by a police officer and died following a traffic stop.

The incident happened earlier that afternoon in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, about 10 miles from where former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the killing of another Black man, George Floyd.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz identified the man killed in Sunday's incident as Daunte Wright.

At around 2 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET), police say they were trying to take a man into custody after they determined he had outstanding warrants during a traffic stop. He got back into his vehicle and an officer shot him, police said. He then drove several blocks before striking another vehicle, police said.

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said police and medical personnel attempted life-saving measures following the crash, but the man died at the scene.