The Minnesota police veteran who fatally shot Daunte Wright was training another officer at the time of her fatal mistake, according to her association rep.
Kimberly Potter, 48, was formally identified Monday night as the officer caught on bodycam footage Sunday thinking she was firing a Taser at the 20-year-old black man — instead gasping, “Holy s–t. I just shot him!”
At least one of the fellow officers with her was a rookie she was training in Brooklyn Center, a city less than 10 miles from where George Floyd died during an arrest last May, the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association told the Star Tribune.
Potter was training a new officer in her role as a field training officer, training a new officer, association head Brian Peters told the paper.
“She’s just a very dedicated, passionate, good person,” Peters insisted.
“It’s completely devastating … She [is] just a good person, always willing to help out,” he told the paper.
Potter — who is married and has two adult sons — was first licensed as a police officer in Minnesota in 1995 at age 22, according to state records.
During her time with Brooklyn Center Police Department, she has served on the force’s negotiation team and also been a union president for her department’s officers, the Star Tribune noted.
She was also a longtime member of the Law Enforcement Memorial Association, where she served on the “casket team” helping to honor fallen officers.
Potter earned more than $86,000, according to public records last updated in 2018.
She is currently on administrative leave, with the mayor and Wright’s family calling for her to be fired.
“I think we can watch the video and ascertain whether she will be returning,” Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said of his officer, calling her fatal shooting “an accidental discharge.”
Neither Potter, her family nor a criminal defense lawyer handling her case responded to requests for comment, the Star Tribune said.