Officer who fatally shot black man Daunte Wright in Minnesota identified as Kimberly Potter


The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot black man Duante Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday has been identified as a police veteran of 26 years.

The identity of officer Kimberly Potter, 48, was released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Monday.

Potter has been placed on standard administrative leave, city officials said at a press conference earlier in the day.

Potter acquired her police licence in 1995 at the age of 22 and has worked with the Brooklyn Center Police Department ever since, the Star Tribune reports.

The officer mistook her gun for a Taser when she shot 20-year-old Wright.

The fatal shooting happened as police were trying to arrest Wright on an outstanding warrant.

Police bodycam footage released on Monday showed other officers struggling to get Wright out of his car and handcuff him as Potter yelled “Taser! Taser!”

Kimberly Potter has been placed on administrative leave after fatally shooting Duante Wright. Credit: Getty

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