Medical Examiner Rules Daunte Wright’s Death as Homicide

The Hennepin County medical examiner in Minnesota said on April 12 that Daunte Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest, ruling his death as a “homicide.”

The examiner noted in the report that Wright, a 20-year-old Black man shot by a Brooklyn Center police officer last April 11, died shortly before 2:20 p.m. at the intersection of 63rd Avenue North and Kathrene Drive.

“Manner of death is not a legal determination of culpability or intent,” the examiner also said in the report.

Earlier on April 12, Police Chief Tim Gannon said at a news conference that police pulled over Wright’s vehicle for having an expired registration.

Gannon also released a body camera footage from the “senior officer” who fired the shot that killed Wright.

The footage showed Wright leaving his vehicle after a request from the police, who then discovered that a “gross misdemeanor warrant” for Wright’s arrest had been issued. 

When the police tried to arrest Wright, he re-entered his car, then an officer can be heard yelling “taser” several times while pointing a gun before fatally shooting Wright, the footage showed.

“This was an accidental discharge that resulted in a tragic death of Mr. Wright,” Gannon said.

Gannon also said that the officer has been placed on administrative leave.

Mayor Mike Elliot described the shooting as “deeply tragic.”

“We’re going to do everything we can to ensure that justice is done and our communities are made whole,” Elliot said.

Elliot also announced in a tweet that City Manager Curt Boganey has been relieved of his duties effective immediately.

The shooting sparked protests, resulting in clashes with the police who used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

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