Daunte Wright, the black man shot dead by a white police officer in Minneapolis, has been accused of being involved in two separate shooting incidents before he was killed.
The new allegations against the 20-year-old black man have emerged just two months after he was fatally shot by Brooklyn Center cop Kim Potter during an April traffic stop.
Potter, who resigned days after the shooting and is charged with second-degree manslaughter, allegedly mixed up her Taser and her handgun when she opened fire on Wright.
In the days after he was killed, it was revealed that Wright had a warrant out for his arrest at the time and had previously appeared in court for attempted aggravated robbery charges after he allegedly choked and held a woman at gunpoint for $820 in 2019.
Now, allegations have surfaced in two different lawsuits filed against Wright’s estate that allege he was involved in the shooting of two men, including one that left the victim permanently disabled and another that occurred just three weeks before his death.
Daunte Wright, the black man shot dead by a white police officer in Minneapolis, has been accused of being involved in two separate shooting incidents before he was killed
Wright was not charged in either shooting incident.
The latest lawsuit was filed on Tuesday and alleges that Wright was one of two men involved in a carjacking on March 21 that left the victim, Joshua Hodges, with a gunshot wound to his leg.
Wright was fatally shot by Brooklyn Center cop Kim Potter during an April traffic stop. Potter, who is charged with second-degree manslaughter, allegedly mixed up her Taser and her handgun when she opened fire
Hodges allegedly recognized Wright because they had gone to the same middle school.
According to the lawsuit, Wright and the other man approached Hodges while he was sitting in his car.
The other man opened his car door and shot Hodges in the leg. Wright then leaned in and allegedly assaulted him before stealing the victim’s wallet and cellphone.
Wright allegedly then also stole the victim’s car.
The lawsuit says Hodges spent two weeks in hospital recovering from his gunshot wound injuries.
The second lawsuit, which was filed last month, relates to the shooting of Caleb Livingston back in May 2019.
It alleges that Wright shot the then-teenager in the head and left him permanently disabled.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Livingston’s mother, Jennifer LeMay, who claims her son, who is now 18, was once friends with Wright.
The lawsuit alleges the pair had a ‘falling out’ that came to a head after her son beat up Wright in front of a group. Wright allegedly retaliated by shooting Livingston outside a gas station in Minneapolis.
The latest lawsuit was filed on Tuesday and alleges that Wright was one of two men involved in a carjacking on March 21 that left the victim, Joshua Hodges (pictured above), with a gunshot wound to his leg
The shooting is still an open investigation, according to the lawsuit.
The same lawyer, Michael Padden, is behind both lawsuits, which are each seeking $50,000 from Wright’s estate.
A statement from the lawyers representing Wright’s family, including civil rights attorney Ben Crump, slammed the new lawsuits.
‘Already grieving the loss of their loved one, is Daunte Wright’s family also expected to endure this character assassination on top of it?’ the statement, obtained by KARE11, reads.
‘The audacity of this attorney is disappointing, and we implore members of the community to not be drawn in by these opportunistic efforts to tear down Daunte and hurt his family.
‘Ploys like these aim to do one thing: distract. But our team will not be distracted in our fight for justice in this case and in our fight for justice for all marginalized communities.’
Wright’s death sparked days of unrest in Minneapolis at a time when fired cop Derek Chauvin was standing trial for the murder of George Floyd.
A number of high-profile Democratic lawmakers in Minnesota attended his funeral.