Daunte Wright shooting: Police Chief shows body-camera footage, thinks shooting was ‘accidental’

A 20-year-old Black man in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop on Sunday. 

According to CNN, police said they were trying to take a man into custody for an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop. After he got back in his car, an officer shot him. 

The driver, identified as Daunte Wright, then drove several blocks before hitting another car. 

20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. (Photo Credit: Wright family)

In a press release, police said they attempted to save his life, but Wright died.

A woman, who was a passenger in the car, was taken to North Memorial Health Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The department believes both the body-worn cameras and dash cameras on the police car were activated during the shooting.

After the news of Wright’s death, protests erupted in the streets. 

Officers fired rubber bullets and chemicals at protesters and the National Guard was called in to assist, the New York Times reported. 

The mayor of Brooklyn Center ordered a curfew and schools will undergo remote learning Monday. 

The death of Wright by police comes just before day 11 in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. 

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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been asked to investigate the shooting. 

Brooklyn Center is about 9.7 miles from Minneapolis.

On Monday afternoon, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott and Chief Tim Gannon held a briefing to update the media and the public.

“Let me be clear. We will get to the bottom of this,” the mayor said as he vowed to find out the truth about what happened to Wright.

Elliott also announced that crisis counselors and mental health resources would be made available to those in the community struggling with the trauma of Wright’s death and the Chauvin trial.

When Chief Gannon spoke at the podium, he showed the officer’s body camera footage and said he thought the shooting was an accident.

“As I watched the video and listened to the officer’s command, it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet,” Gannon said. “This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer’s reaction in distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright.”

While Mayor Elliott said he thinks the officer should be fired, Chief Gannon said she deserves due process.

When asked if any weapons were found in Wright’s car, Gannon said no.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s report said Wright died from a gunshot wound to the chest and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

This is a developing story that will be updated. 

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