Police say officer who fatally shot Minneapolis man mistakenly pulled gun instead of Taser

by Joel Abbott · Apr 12th, 2021 3:46 pm

Last Updated Apr 14th, 2021 at 11:57 pm

Police said Monday that an officer who shot a man on Sunday near Minneapolis accidentally pulled her firearm instead of her Taser, an action that reignited riots in the area overnight.

Several officers stopped the vehicle of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who is black, and asked him to get out of his car. Wright had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Wright resisted the officers when they tried to handcuff him and reentered his vehicle to flee the scene, which led to a female officer discharging her firearm.

"This appears to me, from what I viewed in the officer's reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright," said Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon.

Police also released body camera footage of the incident. The officer in question can be heard shouting "I'll Tase you" and "Taser" as she held her service weapon, then cursing when she realized she had discharged a live round.

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The officer has been placed on leave, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is conducting an investigation.

🔦 The shooting led to riots across the area similar to the unrest following last year's shooting of George Floyd in the same area.


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