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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Why the stop?

> Police stopped Wright’s vehicle either for expired plates or no plates. Which isn’t clear. There was, however,  a temporary license taped to a rear window.

> Once the car was stopped, police found an air-freshener hanging from the windshield mirror, an illegality albeit petty,

> Police learned in the process of the stop that Wright had been summoned to court. Initial reports varied on the reason for the summons. One report was a misdemeanor. Another was a gun issue.

Gannon: Police chief has suspended the officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright.

Brooklyn Center profile

> Location: Borders Minneapolis on the northwest. On Mississippi River west bank.

> Population 30,0000.

>Racial breakdown: 49% white, 26% black, 14% Asian.

> Police force: 48

Data: 2010 census