Daunte Wright, 20, was ‘involved in two separate shootings’ before being killed by white cop, including one who permanently disabled a man, new lawsuits say
Daunte Wright, the black man shot and killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, is accused of being involved in two separate shooting incidents before his murder.
The new allegations against the 20-year-old black man have emerged just two months after he was fatally shot by Brooklyn Center agent Kim Potter during a traffic stop in April.
Potter, who resigned days after the shooting and is charged with second-degree manslaughter, is said to have mixed up her taser and her pistol when she opened fire on Wright.
In the days after he was killed, it was revealed that Wright had issued a warrant for his arrest at the time and had previously appeared in court for attempted aggravated robbery after allegedly choking and holding a woman at gunpoint for $820 in 2019.
Now, allegations have surfaced in two separate lawsuits that Wright allegedly involved in the shooting of two men, including one that permanently disabled the victim and another that occurred just three weeks before his death.
Daunte Wright, the black man shot and killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, has been charged with involvement in two separate shooting incidents before his murder
Wright was not charged in either shooting incident.
The latest lawsuit was filed Tuesday, alleging that Wright was one of two men involved in a March 21 carjacking in which the victim, Joshua Hodges, suffered a gunshot wound to his leg.
Wright was fatally shot by Brooklyn Center agent Kim Potter during a traffic stop in April. Potter, charged with second-degree manslaughter, allegedly mixed up her taser and gun when she opened fire
Hodges reportedly recognized Wright because they went to the same high school.
According to the lawsuit, Wright and the other man approached Hodges while he was in his car.
The other man opened his car door and shot Hodges in the leg. Wright then leaned forward and allegedly assaulted him before stealing the victim’s wallet and cell phone.
Wright then allegedly stole the victim’s car.
The lawsuit says Hodges spent two weeks in the hospital recovering from his gunshot wound.
The second lawsuit was filed last month in connection with the May 2019 shooting of Caleb Livingston, alleging that Wright shot the then-teenager in the head and permanently disabled him.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Livingston’s mother, Jennifer LeMay.
LeMay claims her son, who is now 18, was once friends with Wright, but they argued. The lawsuit claims it came to a head after her son beat Wright in front of a group. Wright allegedly retaliated by shooting Livingston outside a Minneapolis gas station.
Wright’s death sparked days of unrest in Minneapolis as fired cop Derek Chauvin was on trial for the murder of George Floyd.
Several prominent Democratic lawmakers in Minnesota attended his funeral.