On Monday, April 12, 2021, Brooklyn Center police released the bodycam footage of the Sunday fatal shooting incident showing that it resulted from “an accidental discharge” by a police officer who mistook her gun for a Taser, said Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon.
As previously reported, Sunday afternoon saw the incident unfold of the 20-year-old black man Daunte Wright shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb, which lit the fuse that erupted into yet more rioting. According to the police, hundreds of protesters, many holding Black Lives Matter signs, looted stores, and even fired shots at a police station in the first major unrest since George Floyd’s death.
As other officers struggled with Wright in his vehicle, one officer was heard yelling, “Taser! Taser!” according to bodycam video.
Wright is seen stepping out of his car, then running back behind the wheel and driving away in the video. According to police, as officers attempted to apprehend Wright, he allegedly jumped back in his car and attempted to escape, causing cops to open fire. He drove for a few blocks before crashing.
“Oh s–t,” the officer is heard saying on the video. “I just shot him!”
MN police release bodycam footage of Daunte Wright being shot pic.twitter.com/Dl6VBKgNEj
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) April 12, 2021
Gannon said he didn’t know whether a weapon was found in Wright’s car and that police had stopped him for an expired license.
“There’s no gun that I was made aware of,” Gannon said. “It appeared to me in the video that the individual was trying to get back into his car to leave.”
The officer who shot Wright was not immediately identified but Gannon described her as a “very senior” member of the force — whose job may now be on the line.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said he fully support releasing the officer of her duties, added that she has a right to “due process.” “I think we can look at the video and ascertain whether or not she will return,” he told reporters.
When Wright was pulled over on Orchard Avenue on Sunday, he was with his girlfriend, according to police. Cops said he had an outstanding arrest warrant, which Gannon described as a “gross misdemeanor” on Monday.
The warrant was issued for possessing a gun without a permit and resisting police, according to a KARE 11 reporter. It was released after he failed to appear in court in April.
Daunte Wright had an outstanding warrant for gross misdemeanor carrying a pistol without permit and misdemeanor fleeing police. The warrant was issued April 2nd after he failed to appear in court.
This is presumably why the officer asked him to get out of the car.
— Chris Hrapsky (@ChrisHrapsky) April 12, 2021
Update: #DaunteWright was in the process of getting arrested by @BPPD for a weapons charge & escaping police before he was killed yesterday, sparking #BLM race rioting & looting. The criminal complaint says he had an illegal Ruger .45 pistol. He skipped his court date this month. pic.twitter.com/dI4zScGLo5
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 12, 2021
Wright’s death is being investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Mayor Elliot on Monday morning fired Brooklyn Center City Manager Curt Boganey after he publicly disagreed with the mayor’s assertion that the police officer who fatally shot at Wright should be immediately fired in response to the incident.
“Effective immediately our city manager has been relieved of his duties, and the deputy city manager will be assuming his duties moving forward,” Elliott wrote on Twitter. “I will continue to work my hardest to ensure good leadership at all levels of our city government.”
Effective immediately our city manager has been relieved of his duties, and the deputy city manager will be assuming his duties moving forward. I will continue to work my hardest to ensure good leadership at all levels of our city government.
— Mayor Mike Elliott (@mayor_elliott) April 12, 2021