Kim Potter, cop in Daunte Wright shooting, to be charged: report

Officer Kim Potter


The Minnesota cop who shot and killed Daunte Wright could be criminally charged as soon as tomorrow, according to a report.

Kimberly Potter, 48, who resigned Tuesday over the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, is expected to be charged by Washington County authorities, KSTP-TV reported.

The outlet reported that Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry could file charges as soon as Wednesday in the incident.

KTSP producer Alan Hoglund also said on Twitter that Washington County Attorney’s Office “plans to charge” Potter “tomorrow.”

The Minneapolis county is reviewing the case for Hennepin County — where Brooklyn Center, a Minneapolis suburb, is located — to avoid a conflict of interest, officials said.

Wright’s death is also under review by Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

At a press conference Tuesday, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said he would ask Gov. Tim Walz to turn the investigation over to state Attorney General Keith Ellison.

The Brooklyn Center City Council on Monday voted to fire Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon — but both submitted letters of resignation early Tuesday, Elliott said.

Wright was pulled over around 2 p.m. Sunday for having a suspended registration, authorities said. According to police, they determined he was sought on a misdemeanor arrest warrant and attempted to arrest him.

Kimberly Potter is expected to be charged by Washington County authorities.
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But Wright broke away and got back in his car, where he was shot by Potter before speeding off and crashing farther down the road — where he was pronounced dead.

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Police said Potter, a 26-year-veteran of the force, mistakenly grabbed her service weapon instead of her Taser and fired a single, fatal shot.

“Holy s–t!” she can be heard saying on bodycam video. “I just shot him.”

Late Monday, the city council also fired City Manager Curt Boganey over the incident.

The Washington County Attorney’s Office did not respond to a request for comment.

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