“I am closely monitoring the situation in Brooklyn Center,” Walz wrote. “Gwen and I are praying for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement.”
After nightfall, the groups of people had gathered around the Brooklyn Center Police Department, CNN crews on scene reported. Officers held a line outside of the department and with some officers positioned on top of the building.
A representative with the Brooklyn Center Police Department made an announcement over the speaker announcing unlawful assembly, and gave the group a ten minute warning to disperse at 9:30 p.m. local time.
Five minutes later, they were given a five minute warning to leave before a loud boom went off and people took off running. Some of the crowd remained following dispersal orders.
Police say victim died at the scene
Police said they were attempting to take the man into custody after they determined he had outstanding warrants during a traffic stop.
The man got back into his vehicle and an officer discharged their firearm, according to a statement from Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon. He then drove several blocks before striking another vehicle, police said.
Police and medical personnel attempted life-saving measures following the crash, but the man died at the scene, Gannon said.
CNN has reached out to the medical examiners office for the official cause of death.
Body camera footage of the incident does exist, but has also not yet been released, authorities said.
Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is on the scene and will conduct an investigation into the incident, according to Gannon.
“I haven’t entirely processed the tragedy that took place in our community and I’m prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of our students, families, staff members and community members. Tomorrow, our staff will be focused on the needs of our students. We know our community experienced trauma and we need the time and space to process.”
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.