Bodycam footage shows moment senior female cop shot Minneapolis black man dead during traffic stop as officials insist she 'accidentally drew her handgun instead of her Taser'
A 'senior' female police officer who shot dead a 20-year-old black man during a traffic stop in Minneapolis accidentally fired her gun instead of her taser during a struggle, the police chief says. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon on Monday described the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright as 'an accidental discharge' after his death sparked violent protests less than 10 miles from where George Floyd was killed last year. Wright was shot dead on Sunday afternoon after he and his girlfriend were pulled over during a traffic stop for what police say was an expired car registration. The officers then learned he had an outstanding warrant against him. During a tense press conference, Gannon released police body cam footage of the incident that showed three officers approaching Wright's car after he had been pulled over for the traffic stop. The footage showed an officer trying to handcuff Wright before he jumped back into his car in an attempt to flee. A struggle then broke out between the officers and Wright, who was sitting inside his car. The female officer could be heard shouting 'Taser!' several times in the moments before she fired her gun. Immediately after, the female officer can be heard saying: 'I shot him'. It appears she dropped her gun in the aftermath. Gannon said he did not believe a gun was retrieved from Wright's car in the aftermath. Wright managed to drive several blocks before coming to a stop when he hit another car. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash and his girlfriend, who was a passenger in the car, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Source