Minnesota officials on Monday identified the police officer who shot Daunte Wright as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, and said she had been placed on administrative leave.
The state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a brief statement that Officer Potter had been placed on “standard administrative leave.” The statement did not elaborate, citing an active investigation.
The Star Tribune newspaper reported on Monday that Officer Potter, 48, had been licensed as a police officer in Minnesota in 1995. It said that her duties over the course of her tenure had included serving on the department’s negotiation team.
Officer Potter could not be reached for comment.
She had been among the first to arrive at the scene after Kobe Edgar Dimock-Heisler, 21, was fatally shot in Brooklyn Center two years ago. An investigative report from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office stated that she told two officers involved in the shooting to exit the residence, get into separate squad cars, turn off their body cameras and not talk to each other.
The Hennepin County report said the officers were found to be “justified in resorting to deadly force” during the confrontation with Mr. Dimock-Heisler. The report, released last year, identified Officer Potter as the president of the local police union.
On Monday, the Brooklyn Center police chief, Tim Gannon, told reporters that he believed that Officer Potter “had the intention” to deploy her Taser against Mr. Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday, “but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet.”
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