Kim Potter Wiki – Kim Potter Bio
Kim Potter was named the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright after mistakenly thinking her gun was a taser. She is the police union president and a veteran officer who served as a law enforcement honor guard.
“The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officer who discharged her firearm during an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on Sunday, April 11, in Brooklyn Center,” BCA wrote in a news release.
Her age is unclear.
Kim Potter Shot Daunte Wright
Kimberly A. Potter shot Wright in a traffic stop; police say they did not find a weapon in Wright’s car. They said in a press release that he tried to re-enter his vehicle when the officer shot him, and the chief played traumatic body cam video that shows the officer shouting that she had a taser before fatally shooting Wright.
She had a firearm; Potter shot Wright at close range. Authorities formally named Wright, 20, as the man shot, and his family called him at the scene to local media outlets in Minnesota.
Wright’s family claimed that he was pulled over due to an air freshener hanging in his car, but police now say that he was pulled over for having expired tags.
The body cam video shows Wright’s car pulled over to the side of the road. Two male police officers approach it, one on either side. Wright is asked to step out of the vehicle and does.
A male officer starts handcuffing him from behind. Gannon said Wright was being arrested for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. At that time, you see the female officer approach. She puts her hands on Wright to assist the male officer in taking him into custody.
At that time, he breaks away from the officers and tries to get back into his car. A struggle ignites. “I’ll tase you! I’ll tase you!” she shouts to Wright in the video, weapon drawn. “Taser, taser, taser!”
But when she fires, it’s her firearm, not her taser. “Holy sh*t, I just shot him,” she says. The body cam video shared with the public ended there.
According to the Star Tribune, Potter has serviced on the Brooklyn Center police department’s negotiation team.
A report from Hennepin County describes Potter’s role in a previous police shooting, in which Kobe Dimock-Heisler was fatally shot after allegedly rushing officers with a knife. Acting as union president, she was one of the first to the scene to advise the officers.
“Officer Kim Potter, a police officer with the Brooklyn Center Police Department (BCPD) for 24 years, was among the first to arrive,” the report says.
“As she arrived, officers were still securing the scene so that Mr. Dimock-Heisler could receive medical treatment. Officer Potter instructed Officers Turner and Akers to exit the residence, get into separate squad cars, turn off their body-worn cameras, and not talk to each other.”
Husband And Children
According to the Star Tribune, Potter is the mother of two adult sons, who says her husband is a former Fridley, Minnesota, police officer. Her sons are ages 19 and 22, according to public records.
Potter’s husband is now a corporate investigator with a significant company. His LinkedIn page says he is “Skilled in Investigations, Threat Management, Active Shooter Instruction, Field training (FTO), Weapons Handling, Law Enforcement, and Glock and M4 Armorer and Range Master.” We are not naming him or his current company for his protection.
The husband has a picture of a skull with a thin blue line flag as his cover picture on Facebook. “God Bless you and Kim for protecting and serving us!!” a friend wrote on his page a couple of years ago.
He worked for Fridley police for more than 26 years. He also served as a task force officer for the Drug Enforcement Administration and was a detective with the Anoka Hennepin Narcotics and Violent crimes Task Force.