Officer in Brooklyn Center shooting of Daunte Wright identified as Kimberly Potter

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Police officers on October 27 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
  • Authorities have identified the police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, 20, on Sunday.

  • Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension named Kimberly Potter, a 26-year veteran.

  • The police chief in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, described the shooting as an accident.

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The police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday has been identified as Kimberly A. Potter, the Minnesota Star Tribune first reported.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension issued a Monday-night statement naming Potter as the officer who discharged her weapon.

"Officer Kim Potter has been with the Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years," the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said in a statement. "She is on standard administrative leave. Further personnel data are not public from the BCA under Minnesota law during an active investigation.​"

Citing state records, the Star Tribune reported that Potter earned her police license at the age of 22. She serves as the union president for her department, according to the local news outlet KSTP, and is on the force's "negotiation team."

KSTP added that in her role as president of the Brooklyn Center Police Officers Association, Potter represented other officers who had been involved in deadly shootings. In one instance, Potter was one of the first officers to arrive after the police fatally shot a 21-year-old named Kobe Dimock-Heisler in 2019 during a domestic-disturbance call.

Investigation records KSTP saw reflected that Potter advised the officers during the early stages of investigations into them.

Wright, 20, was fatally shot Sunday in what Chief Tim Gannon of the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Monday called an "accidental discharge," saying the officer mistook her gun for a Taser.

Body-camera footage of the incident shows officers attempting to detain Wright, who breaks free and gets back into the driver's seat of his car. An officer yells "Taser! Taser! Taser!" while pointing a gun at Wright from point-blank range. Wright's vehicle then starts moving away, and the officer says: "Holy s---. I just shot him."

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office said Monday that Wright died from a gunshot wound to the chest and ruled his death a homicide.

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