Apparently an officer mistakenly used the Taser as a pistol and accidentally shot it
An African-American named 20-year-old Daunte Wright died at gunpoint after being arrested by a police officer at the Brooklyn Central Police Station on suspicion of a traffic violation related to an expired registration label.
Chief Gannon said that when the police tried to stop Mr. Wright, he returned to his car and fought briefly with the police officer.
In the body camera video shown to reporters on Monday, a police officer can be seen pointing a gun at her and yelling “Taser”. The video showed that after the car drove away, the police officer shouted obscenely, and then said: “I just shot and killed the other two police officers.”
The car drove several blocks and collided with another car. The police and medical personnel announced that Mr. Wright was dead at the scene.
Chief Gannon said at the press conference: “I think the officer planned to deploy her Taser, but shot Mr. Wright with a bullet.” “From my eyes and from my reaction and pain to the officer, In my opinion, this was an accidental discharge, leading to the tragic death of Mr. Wright.”
Court records show that Judge Wright issued an injunction against him earlier this month after failing to appear in court. The Minneapolis police said that he held a gun without permission and escaped in June last year. He faced two misdemeanors as a result.
Chief Gannon did not disclose the identity of the officer who fired the gun and said she was taken on administrative leave. He said that the investigative agency Minnesota Office of Criminal Studies will reveal the names of the persons involved.
Katie Wright, who claimed to be the mother of the victim, told reporters that her son drove a car given to him by his family two weeks ago, and he called her while in custody.
He said: “He said they detained him because he had air freshener hanging on his rearview mirror.”
He added that his son was driving with his girlfriend when he was shot. The police said that a woman in the car was injured in the accident and was not life-threatening.
Ms. Wright said that her son fell or hung up, after which she heard “fights” and an official told Mr. Wright not to run. Then, he said, someone hung up. When he called again, the son’s girlfriend answered and told him that he had been shot.