Chief Believes Officer Meant To Use Taser In Fatal Shooting Of Daunte Wright

At a press conference earlier today, city leaders and the police chief decided to release the officer's body camera video, John Lauritsen reports (1:22). WCCO 4 News At 6 - April 12, 2021

Video Transcript

MIKE ELLIOTT: My hearts go out to Dante's family and to all those who are impacted by this tragedy in our community.

JOHN LAURITSEN: Police say Wright was pulled over for having expired tabs. That's when officers learned there was a warrant out for his arrest for allegedly having a gun without a permit.

- [INAUDIBLE]

JOHN LAURITSEN: As an officer is attempting to handcuff right he tries to get back in the car. That's when a female officer can be heard yelling taser.

- Taser, taser, taser.

JOHN LAURITSEN: But the officer draws her handgun instead of her taser and shoots Wright.

- I just shot him.

- Oh, woah.

- Yeah.

TIM GANNON: This appears to me from what I viewed and the officer's reaction and distress immediately after that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr Wright.

JOHN LAURITSEN: Chief Gannon says a right-handed officer is trained to carry their handgun on the right side and their taser on their left. The BCA is investigating what happened, and the senior officer has been put on administrative leave. Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott told reporters that mistakes can't be made that lead to loss of life.

MIKE ELLIOTT: I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties.

TIM GANNON: She will not be returning to duty until this investigation has run its course, and she-- for all intents and purposes, I think we can look at the video and ascertain whether or not she'll be returning.