Former officer Kim Potter arrested, will be charged over Daunte Wright death

The former Brooklyn Center Police officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright over the weekend has been arrested and will be charged, prosecutors said Wednesday.

20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. (Photo Credit: Wright family)

20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. (Photo Credit: Wright family)

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Kim Potter, who served on the force for 26 years, shot Wright after a traffic stop. 


She was arrested by agents from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Wednesday morning.

The organization consulted the Washington County Attorney’s Office, which will file second-degree manslaughter charges this afternoon, and took her to the Hennepin County Jail.

On Monday, former Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon released the body camera footage of the shooting and said he thought it was an accident. 

“As I watched the video and listened to the officer’s command, it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet,” Gannon said. “This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer’s reaction in distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright.”

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Potter’s arrest comes one day after she and Gannon resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Department. 

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The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s report said Wright died from a gunshot wound to the chest and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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