The Minnesota National Guard was deployed in Minnesota after riots broke out in the wake of an officer involved shooting that happened only a short distance from the location where George Floyd died in police custody of May 2020.
According to the Brooklyn Center Police Department, officers initiated a traffic stop at the 6300 block of Orchard Ave shortly before 2 pm Sunday.
A statement from police said that during the stop, officers determined that the driver had an outstanding warrant. As the officers were attempting to take the driver into custody, the driver reentered the vehicle. One officer discharged a firearm striking the driver who then travelled several blocks before crashing.
Officers and medical personnel attempted life saving measures, but the driver died at the scene. According to EMS audio, paramedics arrived at 1:48 pm and found one person dead.
A woman who lives near the crash site said she saw officers pull a man out of a car and perform CPR. A female passenger in the vehicle sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale. A police officer was also transported to the hospital with injuries, according to the audio.
Hundreds of rioters followed police officers back to the Brooklyn Center precinct in Minneapolis after they left the scene of that police involved shooting earlier in the evening. Rioters closed down Humboldt Ave N. and 67th Ave. with makeshift barricades. Looters broke into GameStop, Walmart, Foot Locker, and other stores, and stole merchandise.
The rioters pushed into the precinct parking lot and in response, police set off flash bangs and launched tear gas to clear the crowd.