Kimberly Potter, the previous Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright after mistakenly drawing her gun as an alternative of her Taser, can be charged with second-degree manslaughter, prosecutors stated Wednesday.
Washington County Attorney Peter Orput, who’s prosecuting the deadly incident, stated particulars of the costs can be launched later, in accordance with the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
Potter, 48, was charged a day after she resigned from the Brooklyn Center police division within the wake of the 20-year-old’s shooting, which set of a 3rd day of protests within the Minneapolis suburb.
The 26-year veteran and Police Chief Tim Gannon each resigned within the wake of the capturing. The City Council additionally fired City Manager Curt Boganey over the incident.
Washington County was tapped to determine on charging choices as an alternative of Hennepin County — the place Brooklyn Center is positioned — to keep away from a battle of curiosity, officers stated.
Wright’s loss of life is also underneath overview by Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott on Tuesday stated he would ask Gov. Tim Walz to show the prosecution over to Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.
Wright was pulled over round 2 p.m. Sunday for having a suspended registration, authorities stated. Police stated they decided he was sought on a misdemeanor arrest warrant and tried to arrest him.
But the younger man broke away and received again in his automotive, the place he was shot by Potter earlier than rushing off and crashing farther down the highway — the place he was pronounced useless.
Police stated the officer mistakenly grabbed her service weapon as an alternative of her Taser and fired a single, deadly shot.
“Holy s–t!” she may be heard saying on bodycam video. “I just shot him.”
Potter, who was coaching one other officer on the time of her deadly mistake, was then positioned on administrative depart.
In an announcement announcing her resignation, she stated: “I’ve cherished each minute of being a police officer and serving this group to the very best of my means.
“But I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately,” she wrote.
Wright had an open warrant associated to an armed theft case in opposition to him when he was shot useless.
He and one other man had been charged with first-degree tried aggravated theft in December 2019 for allegedly making an attempt to steal $820 from a lady at gunpoint, in accordance with Hennepin County District Court paperwork.