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Daunte Wright ‘choked woman and tried to steal $820 from her at gunpoint’, court docs show

DAUNTE Wright allegedly choked a woman and threatened to shoot her if she did not hand over $820 in rent money that she had stuffed in her bra, according to court documents.

Wright, 20, was shot and killed by police officer Kimberly Potter in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday, causing days of unrest having been shot just a few miles from where George Floyd was killed last May.

Potter, 48, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, said she mistakenly grabbed her gun instead of her taser.

In body cam footage, the officer can be heard saying, "Holy s**t I shot him," after her weapon had fired.

On Tuesday, Potter and Brooklyn Center police chief Tim Gannon stepped down from their positions.

Wright was pulled over on Sunday, when officers were alerted to his vehicle having expired license plate tags.

At the time, a warrant was reportedly out for his arrest.

SPECULATION ONLINE

Over recent days, speculation grew online about whether or not Wright knew of the warrant, with a letter that was returned to courts for having the wrong address being cited as evidence for his lack of knowledge.

According to court documents, Wright was set to face trail on a charge of attempted aggravated robbery, which stemmed from an alleged incident in 2019.

Papers allege that, in December 2019, Wright and a second man headed to a home of two women in Osseo, Minnesota, "to party."

When the two men were asked to leave at around 2:30am, they told the women they didn't have a ride and slept on the floor, court documents say.

One woman allegedly headed to the bank in the morning, where she collected $820 in rent money and gave it to the other woman before heading to work.

According to the documents, as Wright, the second man and the second woman were leaving, Wright attempted to hold up the woman.

Wright "blocked the door preventing victim from leaving," Osseo Police Officer Shane Mikkelson wrote in his report.

Mikkelson added: "Defendant Wright then pulled a black handgun with silver trim out from either his right waistband or his right coat pocket and pointed it at victim and demanded the rent money.

"Victim said 'Are you serious?'

"Defendant Wright replied: 'Give me the f**king money, I know you have it.'"

PROTESTS CONTINUE

According to the report, Wright said, "I'm not playing around," when the woman again asked if he was being series.

Mikkelsen wrote: "The $820 cash was tucked in the victim's bra and defendant Wright placed his hand around victim's neck and choked her while trying to pull the cash from under her bra.

"Victim was able to get loose from defendant Wright and started to kneel down and scream."

Wright allegedly told the woman that he was going to shoot her if he did not get the money, stating, "Give me the money and we will leave," and, "Give me the money and we will go," according to documents.

He then allegedly tried to choke the victim for a second time, with the second man telling the the woman to hand over the money to Wright, the court documents claim.

Wright, who was 19 at the time, and the second man left the scene and got into a white Cadillac, according to Mikkelson's report.

After the alleged incident, the victim, who was not named, "found that the cash was still in her bra," Mikkelson wrote.

He added that the woman identified both Wright and Driver in photo line-ups.

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