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Daunte Wright shooting by police 'accidental'

April 13, 2021 1:22 pm
[Source: wsj]

The fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer in the US city of Brooklyn Center in Minnesota was an accident.

Wright was pulled over on Sunday for a traffic violation, but there was a struggle when he tried to get back into his car.

Police chief Tim Gannon says 20-year-old Daunte Wright, was shot after the officer meant to use a Taser, but mistakenly drew her gun instead.

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The officer has been placed on administrative leave.

“In it’s by believe that the officer had the intention to deploy the Taser, but instead shot Mr Wright with a single bullet. This was an accidental discharge.”

Wright’s death has sparked protests and a curfew has been declared.

Tensions in nearby Minneapolis are high as the trial of an ex-officer accused of killing George Floyd continues.

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