The Minneapolis police officer that allegedly fired the shot fatally wounding Duante Wright has been identified as Kimberly A. Potter, according to Fox News.
In the own bodycam footage you can hear her saying, “I’ll Tase you! I’ll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!”
After firing off the round she can be heard saying, “Holy (expletive)! I shot him.”
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon claims it was “an accidental discharge.”
Potter was a police officer for over 25 years.
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The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office said in a statement that Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest “and manner of death is homicide.”
State records cited by The Tribune indicate Potter became a licensed police officer in Minnesota in 1995 at the age of 22.
She is reportedly married, with two adult sons, and lives with her husband – who is also a police officer – in another Minneapolis suburb.
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It remains unclear whether Potter has retained a lawyer who could speak on her behalf. Gannon said earlier that she had been placed on administrative leave.
According to The Tribune, Potter was involved in another fatal shooting in August 2019. She was reportedly the first to arrive at a scene where Kobe Dimock Heisler died after rushing officers with a knife.
Potter has also been a union president for Brooklyn Center police officers, and was a longtime member of the Law Enforcement Memorial Association, The Tribune reported. In 2017, she was reportedly among 11 officers who received a Chief’s Unit Certificate of Commendation for a death investigation the year prior.