Female officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright during traffic stop meant to use Taser, police chief says

A police officer shot and killed a driver during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

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A police officer shot and killed a driver during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday afternoon, meant to deploy her Taser instead of her gun, police said.In a press conference on Monday, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon says he believes the female officer intended to deploy her Taser when she"accidentally" shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright.

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The incident unfolded around 2 p.m. local time, when officers initiated a stop for an expired registration tag on a vehicle in the city in Minnesota's Hennepin County, about 10 miles northwest of Minneapolis. During the traffic stop, the officers determined that the driver of the vehicle had an outstanding gross misdemeanor warrant, according to Gannon.

Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty ImagesPolice take cover as they clash with protesters after an officer shot and killed a driver during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on April 11, 2021."At one point as officers were attempting to take the driver into custody, the driver re-entered the vehicle," Gannon said in a statement Sunday."One officer headtopics.com

discharged their firearm, striking the driver."At the press conference on Monday, the Brooklyn Center Police Department released body camera footage of the incident. Gannon said the officer can be heard warning Wright and her fellow officers that she will be deploying her Taser.

"However, the officer drew their handgun instead of their Taser," Gannon said."It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet. This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer's reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright."

The officer can be heard yelling,"Holy s---, I just shot him," in the body camera footage.The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident.The officer, who has not been identified, is now on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Gannon said, identifying her as a"very senior officer."

The car traveled several blocks before crashing into another vehicle. The passengers in the other car were not injured, according to Gannon.Officers and medical personnel"attempted life saving measures" on Wright, Gannon said, but he died at the scene. headtopics.com

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Stephen Maturen/Getty ImagesBROOKLYN CENTER, MN - APRIL 11: Law enforcement surrounds a smashed police cruiser on April 11, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. A crowd gathered after Brooklyn Center police shot and killed a man during a traffic stop to earlier today. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

A female passenger who was also in the vehicle with Wright sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the crash, according to Gannon. She was transported to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale, a few miles south of Brooklyn Center.Wright's mother, Katie Wright, said she was on the phone with him before he was killed.

MORE: Police pull guns on and spray Black-Latino Army officer during traffic stop, lawsuit says"I heard scuffling and I heard the police officers say, 'Daunte, don't run.' And then the other officer said, 'Put the phone down,' and hung it up," Katie Wright told reporters on Sunday."And a minute later, I called and his girlfriend answered -- that was the passenger -- and said that he'd been shot, and she put [the phone] on the driver's side and my son was laying there lifeless."

In a statement to ABC News, Wright's family described him as a young father who"had a whole life ahead of him.""We just want people to know Daunte was a good kid," Wright's family said in a statement."He loved being a father to Daunte Jr." headtopics.com

"Daunte had a smile to make anyone's heart melt. He was definitely a jokester, he loved to joke with people, especially his brothers and sisters," the family added."He did not deserve this."At a press conference about his death, law enforcement officials would not say how or if the officer who shot Wright would be punished, but said all Brooklyn Center employees are"entitled to due process." Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott expressed his support for the removal of the police officer that killed Wright.

Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty ImagesMike Elliott, the new mayor of Brooklyn Center speaks at the Brooklyn Center Police Station in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, April 12, 2021."We will get to the bottom of this," Elliott said."We will do all that is within our power to make sure that justice is done for Daunte Wright."

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Earlier that day, Elliott tweeted that he was taking a phone call with President Joe Biden about the administration's support following the incident. Read more: ABC News »

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Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright Meant To Fire Taser Instead Of Gun, Police Say“This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer's reaction in distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge,” Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said at a news conference. Sure the fk he did

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Daunte Wright's family rejects police explanation of fatal Taser 'mistake''It's not an accident to ignore the fact that what you're holding doesn't weigh the same amount as the Taser,” a Wright family lawyer says. “Don't tell us it's an accident because it undermines the tragic loss of life that this family has experienced.' Law Enforcement Officers are instructed to holster their gun and their Taser on OPPOSITE sides of their duty belt. A 9mm handgun weighs about 34 oz; a stun gun weighs 8 oz. Each weapon fits into a specific holster. Each has a different style grip. Accident? Try negligence! If someone blew her block off.....I wouldn't be sad....not for a murderer. Online, people are talking about $10k to get her. Wild, illegal, but, she's done the same thing for years as 'initiations' they say. Idk. TheBeatWithAri They're worn on separate sides of the body too. I keep my keys in my right pocket and would never reach in my left pocket to get them. Maybe if I wasn't too bright.

Daunte Wright's family rejects police explanation of fatal Taser 'mistake''An accident is knocking over a glass of milk, it's not an accident to take your gun out of the holster.' Darn right. And pull the trigger with it in front of your face was she on drugs? Indeed. Even if it were true, tough sh.

Obama: Daunte Wright shooting shows 'just how badly we need to reimagine policing'Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday stressed that the U.S. needs to 'reimagine policing and public safety' after Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by a Minneapolis officer this weekend.The big picture: Following nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd's death last year, local police reforms were proposed on a scale not seen since the inception of the Black Lives Matter movement. But many of those proposals were never realized. Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.In Minnesota on Monday, a second night of protests over the police shooting of Daunte Wright unfolded in Brooklyn Center, as a large crowd defied a curfew and pleas from city leaders to go home.What he's saying: 'Our hearts are heavy over yet another shooting of a Black man, Daunte Wright, at the hands of police,' Obama said in a statement.'The fact that this could happen even as the city of Minneapolis is going through the trial of Derek Chauvin and reliving the heart-wrenching murder of George Floyd indicates not just how important it is to conduct a full and transparent investigation, but also just how badly we need to reimagine policing and public safety in this country.''Michelle and I grieve alongside the Wright family for their loss. We empathize with the pain that Black mothers, fathers, and children are feeling after yet another senseless tragedy. 'Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free. Obama the divider and worst ever US President. He resisted & had a warrant. It was his fault. Stop Resisting & stop the attitude and this will all stop.!! For white people, INVESTIGATIONS are delays that allow them time to SPIN the TRUTH.