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In Minnesota, A Car Plows Into Protesters, Killing One, According To Police.

In Minnesota, A Car Plows Into Protesters, Killing One, According To Police.

MINNEAPOLIS (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.

BREAKING: A woman was killed after a driver plowed into protesters in Uptown late last night. | https://t.co/TwaUNvTHuo pic.twitter.com/faAvU50G0y — WCCO - CBS Minnesota (@WCCO) June 14, 2021

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's death 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.

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