American News Apr 12, 2021 5:41 PM EST

BREAKING: Police release footage of Daunte Wright getting shot

“It appeared to me in the video that the individual was trying to get back into his car to leave,” Gannon said.

BREAKING: Police release footage of Daunte Wright getting shot
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The body cam footage of the moments before a black man was shot during a traffic stop in Minnesota was released on Monday.

Police Chief Tim Gannon said that the weapon discharge was accidental and that the cop was instead reaching for her taser.

The officer can be heard shouting, "oh shit, I just shot him," after shooting Daunte Wright, who drove off before succumbing to his injuries.

"It appeared to me in the video that the individual was trying to get back into his car to leave," Gannon said.

Protests broke out later on, which then lead to looting and riots. The Minnesota National Guard was then deployed.

According to the Brooklyn Center Police Department, officers initiated a traffic stop at the 6300 block of Orchard Ave shortly before 2 pm Sunday.

A statement from police said that during the stop, officers determined that the driver had an outstanding warrant.

Officers and medical personnel attempted life saving measures, but the driver died at the scene. According to EMS audio, paramedics arrived at 1:48 pm and found one person dead.

"Our hearts are aching right now," Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said. "And we recognize that this couldn’t have happened at a worse time. We recognize that this is happening at a time when our community, when all of America, indeed, all of the world, is watching our community We are collectively devastated."

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