Son's chilling final call to mum before tragic 'accidental' death

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Before he was "accidentally" shot and killed by a police officer, 20-year-old Daunte Wright called his mum for what would be the last time.

His death is the latest police killing of a Black man to rock the United States and send protesters back into the streets of Minneapolis to voice their anger, destroy property and clash with authorities. 

In an emotional press conference on Tuesday (local time), the mother of the victim, Katie Wright, recalled her son's last words before he was killed by police who pulled him over in a traffic stop on Sunday.

Daunte Wright's mother Katie breaks down as she recalls her final phone call with her son.
Katie Wright, mother of Daunte Wright, broke down recalling her final phone call with her son. Source: Getty Images

As officers stopped his vehicle, Mr Wright called his mother for vehicle registration and insurance information. 

He told her police had pulled him over because he had air fresheners hanging in the back window.

"I said okay, when the police officer comes back to the window, put him on the phone and I can give him all our insurance information," Ms Wright said, flanked by lawyers and loved ones.

"A second goes by, and I hear the police officer come back up to the window and ask Daunte to get out of the car. Daunte asked: 'For what?' The police officer said: 'I'll explain to you when you get out of the car.'"

While on the other end of the phone, Ms Wright could hear some sort of struggle.

"Then the police officer asked him to hang up the phone," the grieving mother recalled. 

Pictured left is Daunte Wright and on the right is the police officer who shot him, Kim Potter.
Mr Wright, 20, and officer Kim Potter who has since resigned after the fatal traffic stop. Source: Facebook/NBC News

"Three or four seconds went by. I tried calling back-to-back-to-back because I didn't know what was going on."

When someone finally answered, it wasn't her son. 

The phone was on FaceTime, and the person on the other end was screaming and crying. 

"When I called back, the girl that he had in the car answered the phone and it was on FaceTime. And she was crying and screaming and said that they shot him.

"And then she pointed the phone towards the driver's seat and my son was laying there, unresponsive. That was the last time that I saw my son," she said, unable to hold back tears.

"That's the last time I heard from my son. And I've had no explanation since then."

Earlier, Ms Wright said it was the "worst day of her life".

Officer and police chief resign 

The white police, Kim Potter, who fatally shot the 20-year-old black man resigned on Tuesday as did the city’s police chief.

Authorities said Ms Potter killed him in a deadly accident. She intended to fire her taser, but mistakenly fired her gun, investigators concluded.

Local mayor Mike Elliott hopes the resignations would help heal the community and lead to reconciliation after two nights of protests and unrest in the same city George Floyd was killed by police, sparking worldwide protests.

Tear gas is seen behind Minnesota State Troopers who are blocking a road on April 13.
Tear gas rises from behind a line of Minnesota State Troopers as they block the road on April 13. Source: Getty Images

At a news conference he said the city had been moving toward firing Ms Potter when she resigned, saying he hoped her resignation would “bring some calm to the community”, but he would keep working toward "full accountability under the law".

"We have to make sure that justice is served, justice is done. Daunte Wright deserves that. His family deserves that," Mr Elliott said.

A decision on whether prosecutors will charge the officer could come as soon as Wednesday.

Meanwhile a 10pm curfew remains in place in the city as unrest continues while protest have also broken out on other cities.

Portland police officers chase protesters during a riot in the wake of Daunte Wright's death.
Portland police officers chase demonstrators after a riot was declared during a protest against the killing of Daunte Wright on April 12 in Portland, Oregon. Source: Getty Images

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