The Minneapolis Police Officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck in broad daylight as he begged for air shot another black man from close range during a domestic violence call 12 years ago.

Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck while the handcuffed man cried out that he couldn’t breathe and suffocated before later dying.

A video captured the horrifying moment and has since sparked protests in Minneapolis state and calls for Chauvin to be charged with murder.

Chauvin was sacked, along with three other cops, as a result of the incident, and his history of use-of-force incidents have surfaced in the wake of George’s death.

Ira Latrell Toles claims Chauvin fired at him twice at close range in 2008

Ira Latrell Toles told The Daily Beast Chauvin allegedly barged into his home and beat him up in a bathroom in 2008.

The 33-year-old claims Chauvin also fired at him twice at close range while responding to a domestic violence call.

Toles said he didn’t immediately recognise Chauvin, but made the connection when news outlets identified him as one of four officers involved.

He said he texted his sister on Tuesday night to say, "the officer that killed that guy might be the one that shot me, they said his last name and I think it was him".

George Floyd was taken to hospital where he died
George Floyd was taken to hospital where he died

Toles said he replied instantly to say "it’s him", and recounted the May 24, 2008 incident.

He admitted the mother of his child had called police on him, but said several officers arrived without announcing themselves just before 2am.

"When I saw that Chauvin breached the front door, I ran in the bathroom, then Chauvin started kicking in that door, I was in the bathroom with a cigarette and no light," he told the publication.

Toles claims Chauvin then broke into the bathroom and started beating him, and said he retaliated because his "natural reaction to someone hitting me is to stop them from hitting me".

Protests have broken out across the country in response to George Floyd's death

He said: "All I could do is assume it was the police because they didn’t announce themselves or ever give me a command.

"I didn’t know what to think when he started hitting me, I swear he was hitting me with a gun.”

At the time, local media reported Chauvin shot at Toles after he reached for Chauvin’s gun, but Toles said he doesn’t remember that part of the incident, just collapsing "in the main entrance" where he was "left to bleed until the paramedics came."

Toles said when he got to hospital he was told Chauvin had shot him at such close range that a bullet went through the groin and out the other side.

He was later charged with two felony counts of obstructing legal process or arrest, and a misdemeanour count of domestic assault.