BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – The shooting death of a black man during a police stop Sunday afternoon was “deeply tragic” but an accident, said Police Chief Tim Gannon. The chief said the officer meant to fire a taser, not a handgun, as Daunte Wright struggled with police as they attempted to handcuff him. Gannon said he based his interpretation of events on police body-cam video. At a news conference Gannon played the video. The officer shouted: “I’ll Tase you! I’ll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” She draws her weapon after Wright breaks free outside his car and gets back behind the wheel. After firing a single shot from her handgun, the car speeds away, and the officer is heard saying, “Holy shit! I shot him.” The officer, was identified by Gannon only as “very senior.” Whether to fire officer would depend on an investigation, Gannon said. Meanwhile, she is on suspension.
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