Police chief says cop was trying to deploy taser but fired bullet killing Daunte Wright in Minneapolis

The police in Minneapolis said on Monday that Daunte Wright was killed by accident by a cop who was trying to deploy a taser but rather fired a bullet.

Daunte Wright, who was just 20 years old, was killed during a traffic stop in a suburb of Minneapolis on Sunday by a senior female police officer.

The Brooklyn Center Police Chief, Tim Gannon, said it appears the police officer mistook her taser for her gun and fired a bullet, killing Daunte Wright.

The shooting sparked protests and clashes with police into Monday morning.

At a heated press briefing on Monday, the Police Chief released body-camera video that showed police approaching Mr. Wright’s car. He exits the car and then gets back in as police try to pull him back out, while another officer can be seen pointing a hand gun at Mr. Wright.

The officer was heard repeatedly saying she was going to use her taser. The car speeds away and the officer can be heard saying, “holy shit, I shot him.”

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