Kim Potter, the Brooklyn Center Police officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright on Sunday has resigned from her post, KTSP reports. Police Chief Tim Gannon has also resigned.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified Potter as the officer involved in a statement Monday, saying that she had been with the Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years and had been placed on administrative leave.
Minnesota's largest public safety labor union, the Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS), issued a release Tuesday stating that Potter had given her letter of resignation to city staff.
The letter, obtained by KTSP and included in LELS release reads as follows,
Dear Mayor Elliott, Mr. Edwards and Chief Gannon:
I am tendering my resignation from the Brooklyn Center Police Department effective immediately. I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately.
Officer Kim Potter
Wright was shot during a traffic stop Sunday. Police went to arrest Wright after discovering he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. After struggling with officers and resisting arrest, body cam footage shows Potter pulling out her gun and yelling "taser, taser, taser," before shooting him once with a real firearm.
As the Wright pulls away in the car, a female voice is heard saying "Oh shit, I just shot him."
Wright later succumbed to the gunshot wound.
Now-former Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said in a press conference Monday that "it appeared to me in the video that the individual was trying to get back into his car to leave," and that "it it my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet." He added that it appeared to be an "accidental discharge."