EXPLAINER: How Does an Officer Use a Gun Instead of a Taser?

Although rare, a string of similar incidents has happened in recent years across the U.S.

  • Published
Police stand near a police cruiser after a rock was thrown at it in protest, Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. The family of Daunte Wright, 20, told a crowd that he was shot by police Sunday before getting back into his car and driving away, then crashing the vehicle several blocks away. The family said Wright was later pronounced dead. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)
Image via AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa

This article was republished here with permission from The Associated Press, however it is no longer available to read on Snopes.com.

A suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a weekend traffic stop accidentally drew her firearm instead of a stun gun, the city’s police chief said Monday. Although rare, a string of similar incidents has happened in recent years across the U.S. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said the officer, who has not been identified, had made a mistake in firing her gun at 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who later died.…

Read at AP News