Daunte Wright of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States was fatally shot in Brooklyn Center, Hennepin County by Brooklyn Center Police Department officers Kimberly A. Potter on April 11, 2021. It was an accident, according to Brooklyn Center Police Department chief Tim Gannon.
Wright died that day. He was 20.
During a press conference on April 12, 2021, the Brooklyn Center Police Department released the footage of the fatal shooting taken from Potter’s body camera. The video shows police asking Wright to step of his car.
When the arresting officers tried to handcuff Wright, he pulled away and got back into his driver’s seat. Potter pulled out a gun and shouted, “Taser!”
Potter fired the gun and hit Wright. When she realized what she just did, she said, “Holy s***, I just shot him.”
“As I watched the video and listen to the officer’s commands, it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet,” CBS Minnesota quoted Gannon as saying. “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.”
Potter has been with the Brooklyn Center Police Department since February 1995. She was placed on administrative leave while the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating Wright’s death.
Earl Gray will represent Potter. He is currently the lawyer of Thomas Lane, one of the four former Minnesota Police Department officers involved in the fatal arrest of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.