US police have released body camera footage worn by a Brooklyn Centre police officer which captures officer Kim Potter shooting Daunte Wright, 20. 

Police pulled over Wright’s vehicle just before 2pm on Sunday for having expired tabs on his license place, and the realised that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest, the Brooklyn Centre Police told journalists.

The body cam video, released by US police, shows police officers standing next to his vehicle and talking to Daunte Wright through the windows. Wright gets out of his vehicle but then when the police attempt to arrest him he got back into his car. The footage then shows the officer pulling her gun and firing a shot.

The voice of a female police officer shouts “I’ll tase you”, “taser”, “taser,” “taser”in the video moments before firing the shot, and then the words “Holy S**** I shot him”.

Police said he drove a few blocks from the scene before he crashed into an oncoming vehicle. He died at the scene.

Watch the video here:

Brooklyn Centre Police chief, Tim Gannon described the shooting as a “tragic accident” during a media briefing on Monday. He said he believed the officer, who has been placed on administrative leave, accidentally fired her gun instead of her Taser. 

“It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their taser but instead shot Mr Wright with a single bullet,” he told journalists.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner declared that Wright had died from a gunshot wound to his chest.  The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the case.

Wright’s death quickly sparked confrontations with the police and looting in the city.

The National Guard deployed 500 officers on Monday to help keep the peace and has plans to boost the number when closing arguments approach in the George Floyd murder trial.

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Presh JM Reporter

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