(AP) — A woman was killed and another person was injured after being hit by a car during a protest
in Minneapolis' Uptown
neighborhood, where a Black
man was fatally shot during an arrest
attempt earlier this month, police said Monday.
After the 11:39 p.m. Sunday crash
, protesters dragged the suspect from his car, and he is now in custody and being treated for injuries at a hospital
, according to police on Twitter
. Police did not say how the man was injured or the extent of his injuries.
His motive was not immediately clear, but a preliminary investigation
revealed that the driver's use of drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the crash, according to a police statement.
Police initially reported three protesters injured, but later revised that figure to two, including the woman who died.
Since the June 3 shooting of Winston Boogie Smith Jr.
, a 32-year-old father of three, by members of a federal U.S. Marshals Service task force, there had been ongoing protests in Uptown.
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Authorities say Smith, who was wanted for a weapons violation, fired a gun
before being fatally shot by deputies in Minneapolis, a city on edge since George Floyd
under an officer's knee more than a year ago and the recent fatal police shooting
of Daunte Wright
in a nearby suburb.
Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force attempted to arrest Smith on a warrant for allegedly being a felon in possession of a gun, according to authorities. The Marshals Service said in a statement that Smith, who was in a parked vehicle, refused to comply with law
enforcement and “produced a handgun, resulting in task force members firing upon the subject.”
Smith died at the scene, according to state investigators. Smith's passenger, a 27-year-old woman, was treated for glass debris injuries, but the woman said she never saw a gun on Smith or in the vehicle, her attorneys said last week, contradicting investigators' claims about Smith's actions.
Since the deaths of Floyd, a Black man who died last year after being pinned to the ground by Minneapolis officers, and Wright, a Black motorist who was fatally shot by an officer in the nearby suburb of Brooklyn Center in April
, there has been tension between police and residents.