Daunte Wright's parents say they 'cannot accept' that the cop's actions were a 'mistake' in the fatal shooting of their son

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Daunte Wright's mother, Katie, eulogizes her son at his vigil, Monday, April 12, 2021, as the community responded to the police killing of 20-year-old Wright, with hundreds joining his family at the location on 63 Ave. N. in Brooklyn Center, Minn., where he was killed. Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP
  • Daunte Wright's parents said they "cannot accept" that the officer who fatally shot their son did it by "mistake."

  • Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said that the cop meant to grab her taser, but discharged her firearm instead.

  • "I cannot accept that. I lost my son. He's never coming back, "Aubrey Wright said on "Good Morning America."

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The parents of Daunte Wright said they "cannot accept" that the officer who shot their son accidentally discharged the wrong weapon during the fatal encounter on Sunday.

Wright was in a car with his girlfriend when he was fatally shot during a traffic stop by a Brooklyn Center police officer, later identified as 26-year veteran Kimberly A. Potter. During a press conference on Monday, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said that Potter meant to grab her taser, but discharged her firearm instead.

"I cannot accept that. I lost my son. He's never coming back," his father, Aubrey Wright said in an interview with "Good Morning America." "A mistake? That doesn't even sound right."

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Potter was placed on administrative leave, but Brooklyn Center, Minnesota Mayor Mike Elliott is calling for her to be fired.

"In any other line of work, if you kill someone… you are at the very least going to lose your job," Elliott told Gayle King on "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday."And so my position has been that I do believe the officer should be fired. I do believe she should lose her job."

Katie Wright said she wanted "justice" for her son and to see that Potter is "held accountable for everything that she's taken from us," she said on "Good Morning America. "

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