A Black Lives Matter protester, shot dead in Texas by a driver who raced toward the crowd before the fire opened on Saturday night, pushed his quadruple-amputee fiancee into her wheelchair just before the shootout.
The victim was identified as Garrett Foster, whose mother Sheila spoke to Good Morning America on Sunday.
Foster's mother said her son had participated in several peaceful protests with his fiancee Whitney Mitchell, who is a quadruple amputee. Sheila said Foster pushed his fiance just before his fatal shot.
The shootout took place just before 10 p.m. during a protest in Austin, police spokeswoman Katrina Ratliff told reporters early Sunday.
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Garrett Foster (pictured with his fiancee), who was shot during a demonstration in Texas when he approached a vehicle on Saturday evening, pushed his quadruple-amputee fiancee into her wheelchair shortly before the shooting
Foster (pictured with his fiancee) was holding an AK-47 when he spoke to the media before being killed on Saturday night
In the clip you can hear Foster (pictured on the protest) saying: "They no longer let us march on the street, so we have to exercise some of our rights."
During the demonstration, a vehicle honked, turned a street and then raced towards demonstrators, said witness Michael Capochiano.
The vehicle was surrounded by screaming protesters, and Foster approached the vehicle with his AK-47, Capochiano recalled.
The driver then stuck a gun out of the car window and fired several shots at Foster before driving off according to the witness.
But Foster's mother said the man got out of his car and fired shots, and my son was shot three times.
Foster was then taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Sheila told GMA that she wouldn't be surprised if her son carried a gun because he had a license to carry and probably "needed to protect himself".
Carrying long guns openly is generally permitted in Texas.
First responders are preparing to take Foster to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead
Sheila also said that Foster and Mitchell had been together since the age of 17.
Before Foster was fatally shot, he was seen talking to local media about why he was wearing his AK-47.
In the video you can hear Foster saying, "They no longer let us march on the street, so we have to exercise some of our rights."
Ratliff said a suspect was arrested in connection with the shootout and was cooperating with the police.
The demonstration of Black Lives Matter was broadcast live on Facebook and recorded with the honking of a vehicle.
Footage posted on Facebook Live showed the moment several shots were fired when a group of around 100 people marched and sang fists! Hit Back! & # 39;
No other deaths or injuries were reported. Further details of the police or emergency services were not immediately available.
The protesters took to the streets of the United States overnight and into early Sunday, sparking clashes with the police amid a surge of public anger over Donald Trump's planned "rise" of federal agents in major cities.
Foster's mother Sheila (pictured) said that a man driving a vehicle during the protest got out of his car and fired shots, and my son was shot three times.
Sheila also said that Foster and Mitchell (pictured as a teenager) had been together since the age of 17
The demonstrations against racism and police brutality, triggered two months ago by the death of unarmed African American George Floyd in Minneapolis, take place when Trump faces an increasingly tough struggle for reelection and campaigns for a platform for law and order.
He encountered fierce opposition from city mayors like Lori Lightfoot from Chicago, including many Democrats who accuse Trump of magnifying the problem to a political advantage.
& # 39; I've drawn a very hard line. We're not going to allow federal troops into our city, ”Lightfoot said of CNN's State of the Union.
"We will not tolerate nameless agents taking people off the streets, violating their rights, and detaining them."
Protesters marched in Austin, Texas, and Louisville, Kentucky; New York; Omaha, Nebraska; California's Oakland and Los Angeles and Richmond in Virginia.
Protesters marched in Austin, Texas, and Louisville, Kentucky; New York (demonstrators pictured on Saturday night); Omaha, Nebraska; California's Oakland and Los Angeles and Richmond in Virginia
Protesters took to the streets in New York on Saturday to show solidarity with other major cities in the United States where President Donald Trump has threatened to send federal agents
The New Yorkers made their way to Times Square on Saturday evening to demonstrate
In Seattle (pictured, protester arrested on Saturday), police arrested 45 people during a night of violent protests in which protesters set fire to trailers at a construction site for a juvenile detention center
Police protest Saturday night in Seattle, pushing a demonstrator to the ground
A protester in Seattle on Saturday kneels with the hands raised in front of the police
Federal agents were sent to Portland, Oregon, almost two weeks ago by the Trump administration (early Sunday morning picture), which has threatened to send more federal officials to other major cities
In Seattle, police arrested 45 people during a night of violent protests, during which protesters set fire to trailers at a construction site for a juvenile detention center.
The demonstrators opened tires and smashed the windows of the trailers, which prompted the police to declare an uprising and to clear the streets with pepper spray and lightning grenades.
Police chief Carmen Best pleaded with people to "come to the city in peace" and scourged the demonstrators.
"The rioters had no regard for the security of the community, the security of the officials, or the companies and property that destroyed them," they quoted the local media.
In Portland, police and federal agents fired tear gas early Sunday and dispersed the demonstrators by force.
The police moved in after a group of demonstrators tried to tear down a fence that had been built around a federal court.
Portland has been at the center of the extremely controversial federal agent behavior ordered by Trump – one that is not backed by local officials and that many say smells of authoritarianism.
The Saturday demonstration started peacefully. The crowd played music and danced, blew bubbles and attached red roses to the barricades.
Protesters wear painted shields during a Saturday march in Oakland, California
An Oakland protester holds a sign saying "Police Abolition" during a Saturday protest
Oakland protesters gather on Saturday to condemn the use of federal troops in major US cities
Hundreds of demonstrators were seen marching during a demonstration in Oakland on Saturday
Officials arrest a woman outside the downtown Los Angeles courthouse during a Saturday protest
During a protest in Los Angeles on Saturday, a protester holds a sign that reads "Black Trans Lives Matter"
But it ended, like many before, with tear gas that was fired after demonstrators attached ropes to barricades around the city courthouse to tear them down.
The Portland police declared the area to be an uprising and ordered demonstrators to leave the area before federal officials joined them to clear the area.
Portland police previously confirmed that a man had been stabbed to "detained" by demonstrators before he was arrested and charged with assault by officials.
The victim was taken to hospital with a serious injury.
The Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice launched an official investigation into the federal government's actions on Thursday, but a federal judge in Oregon on Friday rejected a state legislative offer to prevent agents from arresting protesters.
Trump announced an "increase" in federal agents in criminal hot spots like Chicago last week after violence increased in the country's third largest city.
The federal authorities said the agents stationed there would work with local law enforcement agencies and not serve as counterinsurgency forces, as is the case in Portland.
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