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Three Minnesota teams postpone games after Daunte Wright shooting

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Monday's Twins-Red Sox game in Minnesota has been postponed.
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Three professional sporting events involving Minnesota teams were postponed Monday in the wake of Daunte Wright's death Sunday in a Minneapolis suburb.

The games being postponed are between the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox in Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets in the NBA and the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues in the NHL.

The Twins issued a statement announcing the start of their series with the Box Red Sox had been delayed around 2:30 p.m. ET on Monday.

Wright, 20, was fatally shot by a police officer Sunday at a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. In a press conference Monday, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting as an "accidental discharge," noting that the officer intended to fire a Taser at Wright instead of a handgun.

"It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet," Gannon said Monday. "This was an accidental discharge that resulted in a tragic death of Mr. Wright."

The shooting came as the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged in George Floyd's death, was set to continue Monday in Minneapolis.

The NBA and NHL released statements about the shooting when announcing the decision to postpone games Monday.

"The decision was made out of respect for the community, following the tragic shooting that occurred in Brooklyn Center, Minn., Sunday afternoon," the NHL said in a statement.