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Police chief: Officer’s shooting of Wright appears to be an “accidental discharge”

Daunte Wright’s older brother Damik Bryant informed CNN he believes Wright didn’t know there was a warrant for his arrest.

Wright died following an encounter with Brooklyn Center police at a site visitors cease Sunday afternoon.

Moments earlier than the site visitors cease, Bryant stated Wright was heading to Bryant’s new residence for a go to. Bryant stated he had texted Wright asking him what was taking so lengthy, and Wright stated he had been at a automobile wash.

He stated when his brother was pulled over, he despatched him a textual content saying, “I got pulled over” and requested concerning the insurance coverage info. Bryant stated he informed his brother to name their mom for that info and he did. 

But by that point, Bryant stated, officers had already entered Wright’s identify within 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 stated. 

“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 stated. 

While police haven’t defined why they carried out the preliminary site visitors cease, his mom informed CNN affiliate WCCO that Wright informed her “they pulled him over because had air fresheners hanging from the rearview mirror.”

Wright’s girlfriend was using within the automobile with him, Bryant informed 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 stated wiping away tears. “We don’t even actually know why. We know what occurred and we don’t know why.”

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