But the BCA said it found evidence that the suspect had opened fire from within the vehicle, where investigators said they recovered both a handgun and spent casings.
"A witness, who is not identified in the court document, said she received a call from Smith the day before the robbery warning her to, "[Get the victim] out of there before something bad happens".
Smith died despite lifesaving measures performed at the scene, the station said, adding that his 27-year-old passenger was hurt by flying glass and treated at a hospital.
A man was killed Thursday when authorities who were part of a task force that included U.S. Marshals fired their weapons after he allegedly displayed a handgun in Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood, the U.S. Marshals said. The U.S. Marshals said preliminary information indicates task force members were attempting to arrest a man wanted on a state warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Waylon Hughes, a close friend of Smith, told reporters that Smith loved music, writing comedy skits and posting them on social media. Don't forget that name: Winston Smith.
Police said they found the victim with "swelling and marks on her face", a bloody nose and mouth, which was also swollen and cut on the inside. They said the man was on a date when police confronted him. "(People) always try to pin something on a man and try to identify him as a criminal, especially if he's Black". About a month earlier, an Instagram account with the same name as Smith's Twitter, @WinceMeBoi, shared a photo that appeared to show a handgun and a box of ammunition in someone's lap. He said there were gunshots on the rear of the auto.
"You've got seven unmarked cars and you shoot a man in his vehicle. You're the U.S. Marshals", he said. "You're supposed to be highly trained men, and you can't handle a simple situation?"
A small crowd gathered in the neighbourhood where the man was shot, shouting expletives at police, following the shooting on Thursday afternoon.
After Thursday's shooting, some people vandalized buildings and stole from area businesses, police said. A T-Mobile store and a pharmacy a few blocks down were boarded up and closed indefinitely after having their windows smashed.
Protesters took to the streets of Minneapolis after law enforcement officers fatally shot a suspect wanted for a gun possession charge.
Tensions in Minneapolis already had risen Thursday after crews removed concrete barriers that blocked traffic at a Minneapolis intersection that has become a memorial to Floyd. A jury convicted Chauvin of murder in April, and a trial of the other officers on lesser charges is pending. Former Brooklyn Centre Officer Kim Potter is charged with manslaughter in Wright's death.