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Paramedic testifies that Daunte Wright had no pulse when he arrived, girlfriend had 'blood coming from her mouth'

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Side by side of paremedic and Daunte Wright's girlfriend.
Paramedic Dustin Johnson testified on day two of the manslaughter trial of Kimberly Potter, a former Brooklyn Center police officer.Screenshot/YouTube/KARE
  • Dustin Johnson is a paramedic with North Memorial Health in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

  • He was one of the first responders to the scene when Daunte Wright was killed in April.

  • He testified on day two of the trial of Kimberly Potter, a former Brooklyn Center police officer.

One of the paramedics who responded to the shooting of Daunte Wright testified on Thursday that the victim had no pulse when he arrived.

Dustin Johnson, a former Army combat medic, said he arrived at the scene and saw police performing CPR on Wright, who was shot by Kimberly Potter, a Brooklyn Center police officer at the time, in April.

Johnson testified that by the time he and his partner arrived at the scene, it was already too late. Asked by the prosecution whether he or police detected a pulse or any signs of life, Johnson responded, "I did not, and from what I understand they did not as well."

The testimony came hours after Alayna Albrecht-Payton, Wright's girlfriend, took the stand. She testified that she had tried to place a piece of cloth to plug Wright's chest wound. She said she "was the only one out of everybody there that was trying to help him."

Johnson said he encountered Albrecht-Payton in the back of a police cruiser and had feared that she, too, had been struck by a bullet.

"She was in tears, and I saw some blood coming from her mouth and also to the left side of her ear, and she was in handcuffs," he testified.

Potter, who resigned from the Minnesota police force after the shooting, is on trial for first- and second-degree manslaughter for the killing of Wright during a traffic stop. She said the incident was the result of mistakenly grabbing her gun instead of a Taser.

The trial resumes on Friday.

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