The officer who fatally shot a 20-year-old Black man outside Minneapolis Sunday appeared to have inadvertently pulled out her gun instead of a taser, police said.
Driving the news: "This appears to me, from what I viewed in the officer's reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright," Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon told reporters Monday.
The backdrop: Daunte Wright, 20, was shot and killed during a traffic stop just before 2 p.m. Sunday. Body camera video released by police shows him trying to get back into his car during an encounter with officers.
- The shooting sparked protests and unrest across the Twin Cities Sunday night.
What's next: The officer has been placed on administrative leave, Gannon said.
- The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is conducting an independent investigation.
- Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott told reporters he supports firing the officer.
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