3 killed in crash after police pursuit in Minneapolis

Updated: October 07, 2020 10:07 AM
Created: October 05, 2020 05:31 AM

Three people died when the vehicle they were in rolled as they attempted to flee from police in Minneapolis early Monday morning.

According to the Minneapolis Police Department, officers saw the vehicle in the area of Dowling and Logan avenues at about 1:44 a.m. Officers recognized the vehicle as being a vehicle taken by force during a carjacking Sunday morning.

Officers attempted a traffic stop, but the driver drove away at a high rate of speed, according to police.

A pursuit took place and officers then saw the driver lose control of the vehicle in the area of Emerson and 18th avenues.

Police said the vehicle's three occupants died as a result of the crash.

"I got a phone call at work at 4:00 a.m. this morning saying my son was gone," Thomas Wright said.

Wright says his son Jamonte Welch, age 15, was inside the car, along with his nephew Demetrius Dobbins.

"My son, my nephew, the other little buddy, they were not bad kids.  They just needed a little guidance," he said.

Minneapolis police officers secured the scene and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was called to the scene to conduct an independent investigation into the incident. Police dash camera video was captured and will be used by the BCA as part of the investigation. 

The Minnesota State Patrol is also assisting the BCA in reconstructing the crash.

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