Video shows criminal Daunte Wright, shot by officer, playing with handgun shortly before 2019 robbery


MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Video has surfaced of Daunte Wright, the Minnesota man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in April 2021 during an arrest attempt, playing with a pistol in a women’s restroom shortly before he allegedly used the weapon to rob a woman in 2019.

Fox News has obtained a 13-second clip, embedded below, that police reportedly discovered on Wright’s phone after their investigation into his death.

On that video, Wright can be seen in what Fox reports as a women’s bathroom, alternating between pointing his firearm at the camera and pointing it at his own head.  The sound of running water mingles with the music soundtrack that Fox added to the video.

According to Fox, Wright took this selfie video shortly before he attempted to rob a woman at gunpoint in December of 2019.

As Law Enforcement Today previously reported, this robbery incident unfolded after Wright and another man, Emjay Maurice Driver, stayed over at the woman’s apartment.

The following morning, Wright pointed a handgun at the woman and demanded the $820 in rent money he knew she had in her possession.  Wright then choked her and reached into her clothing, attempting to pull the money out of the victim’s bra.

Wright next threatened to shoot the victim, and he tried choking her again.

Driver convinced Wright to flee with him, and they both left the apartment, without the money.

Both men were later arrested and charged with first-degree attempted aggravated robbery.  Wright was released on $100,000 bail, which was later revoked because he did not report to his probation officer and because he was found to be “waving a handgun in public.”

Wright’s robbery case was still pending when police officers pulled him over for an expired tag in April of 2021.  After officers contacted Wright, they found an outstanding warrant related to a prior arrest, and they attempted to bring him into custody.

According to Fox, Wright broke away from arresting officers and attempted to flee in the car, jumping in the driver’s seat and throwing it into gear.

Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter reportedly shot Wright after mistaking her firearm for her Taser.  The car crashed up the road from the officers, and Wright died at the scene.

This incident led to weeks of anti-police protests.

Potter, who resigned shortly after the officer-involved shooting, originally faced charges of second-degree manslaughter.

However, Fox News reports that Minnesota prosecutors, led by Attorney General Keith Ellison, added a first-degree manslaughter charge on September 2, 2021, “alleging that Potter recklessly handled her handgun.”  This charge would carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Wright’s armed robbery charges were dismissed shortly after his death.

However, Wright’s estate is still facing two civil lawsuits that claim that he was involved in the shooting of two people.

In one of the lawsuits, according to CBS Minnesota, a mother is suing Wright’s estate because she claims that Wright shot and disabled her son.

Jennifer LeMay, mother of Caleb Livingston, has alleged that Wright shot Livingston in the head in May of 2019 in retaliation for Livingston beating up Wright in front of a group of people.

LeMay’s lawsuit states that Wright “shot and badly injured” Livingston, “to the point where he is alive but has no function.”

She is seeking over $50,000 from Wright’s estate.

In the other posthumous lawsuit, according to CBS Minnesota, a former classmate of Wright’s named Joshua Hodges alleges that Wright and another person shot him in the leg, assaulted him, and stole his wallet and car, just three weeks before Wright’s death.

This lawsuit also seeks compensation in excess of $50,000 and “claims Hodges suffered ‘severe emotional distress and mental anguish’ as a result of the alleged incident.”

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Daunte Wright had warrant related to choking and robbing woman at gunpoint prior to fatal police shooting

Originally published April 15, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS, MI – Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old man shot and killed by a police officer in Brooklyn Center on Sunday afternoon, had an open warrant for his arrest related to an armed robbery when he was killed, according to court records.

Wright and another man were charged with first-degree attempted aggravated robbery in December 2019. The men allegedly attempted to steal $820 from a woman at gunpoint, according to documents obtained from the Hennepin County District Court.

Wright was shot by police in the suburb of Minneapolis around 1:50 p.m. after being pulled over for having an expired license plate on his vehicle. Police learned of the warrant during a records check and attempted to place him in custody.

Wright struggled with officers and re-entered his vehicle. Officer Kim Potter intended to fire her Taser to stop Wright, according to police and video of the incident, but accidentally drew her firearm instead. She fired one shot. Wright drove a short distance before crashing his vehicle into another vehicle. He died reportedly from the gunshot wound a short time later.

According to court documents, on December 1, 2019, Osseo police responded to an apartment in the 600 block of North Oaks Drive for a report of an assault and robbery.

The female victim reported that she was at her apartment the previous night with her female roommate and two males, who stayed over “to party.” The men were identified as Emajay Maurice Driver, 20, and Daunte Wright.

At approximately 2:30 a.m., the victim told the two men to get a ride home, but they could not find a ride, so they stayed at the apartment sleeping on the floor.

In the morning, the victim’s roommate left to obtain $850 to pay the victim for rent.  The roommate then left for work, leaving the victim with the two men. The men called for rides, and while waiting, told the victim they were going to look for someone to rob.

The men’s ride arrived, and the three walked to the door. Wright allegedly turned around and blocked the door with his body. Wright pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at the victim demanding the rent money.

The victim reacted by saying, “Are you serious?”

Wright responded:

 “Give me the fucking money. I know you have it. I’m not playing around.”

The victim had the money hidden inside her bra. Wright placed his hand around the victim’s neck and choked her while trying to pull the money out from under her bra. The victim kept shouting at Wright that he needed to get out of her apartment “because the cops are close.”

Wright told the victim he would shoot her and said:

“Give me the money and we will leave. Give me the money and we will go.”

Wright then tried choking the victim again and tried to take the money. The other man, Driver, told Wright to leave with him, and they fled in a white Cadillac without obtaining the money.

Wright was later arrested and released on $100,000 bail. He then violated his bail conditions in July when he failed to report to his court monitor. According to reports, he was also found in possession of a gun at some point after his arrest, also a violation of his bail conditions.

Wright was also arrested previously on a drug possession charge and a trespass charge. Details of those arrests were not immediately available.

Then-Police Chief Tim Gannon, who resigned Tuesday along with former Officer Potter, said no weapons were found in Wright’s vehicle following the shooting. Potter could be charged in the case as early as today.


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