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People gather at the start of the curfew on Monday to protest the death of Wright. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Police on Monday identified the officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a weekend traffic stop near Minneapolis as Kim Potter.

Details: Potter has been with the Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years, the The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) said in an emailed statement.

  • The BCA said she's on standard administrative leave, but would not disclose any further details, citing the active investigation into Wright's death.

The big picture: Wright was shot and killed during a traffic stop just before 2 p.m. Sunday in Brooklyn Center, about 10 miles from where George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last year.

  • Police said earlier the officer had inadvertently pulled out her gun instead of a Taser.
  • The Hennepin County medical examiner has said Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

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Updated Apr 13, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Police: Officer who shot Daunte Wright accidentally pulled gun instead of Taser

The officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, outside Minneapolis Sunday appeared to have inadvertently pulled out her gun instead of a Taser, police said.

What's new: Officials on Monday night identified the officer involved in the shooting as Kim Potter, who has been with the Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years.

Protests erupt after police shoot Black driver near Minneapolis

Protesters create a chalk circle that reads "Justice for Daunte Wright" in the street in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Police fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop near Minneapolis Sunday, sparking protests and unrest that lasted into the night.

Between the lines: The shooting in the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Center, in Hennepin County, has further heightened tensions between police and the local community as the trial continues of former police officer Derek Chauvin, over the death of George Floyd.

Minnesota Twins game postponed in wake of police killing of Daunte Wright

Byron Buxton No. 25 of the Minnesota Twins makes a catch in center field at Target Field in Minneapolis. Photo: Hannah Foslien via Getty Images

The Minnesota Twins postponed Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox out of respect for the "tragic events" surrounding the police shooting of a 20-year-old Black man on Sunday.

Why it matters: Daunte Wright's death, about 10 miles from the scene of George Floyd's killing, has sparked outcry and reignited Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality.

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