Shooter of Daunted Wright (Officer Kim Porter) set on administrative leave

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Kim Potter, 48, the Minnesota police officer who was identified as the person who fatally shot a 20-year-man after he tried to resist arrest, resigned from her job Tuesday.

Potter, a veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, just north of Minneapolis, submitted her resignation letter to city officials, the Star Tribune reported. 

The state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a brief statement that Officer Potter had been placed on “standard administrative leave.” The statement did not elaborate, citing an active investigation.

The Star Tribune newspaper reported on Monday that Officer Potter, 48, had been licensed as a police officer in Minnesota in 1995. It said that her duties over the course of her tenure had included serving on the department’s negotiation team.Officer Potter could not be reached for comment.

“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,” wrote Potter.

Potter’s resignation comes only days after she fatally shot Daunte Wright, 20, during a traffic stop on Sunday. Police officials said Monday that they believed the officer meant to fire her taser when she shot Daunte with her gun; body camera footage released by the police department shows Potter repeatedly yelling “taser!” before shooting him.

“Holy shit, I just shot him,” she was recorded as saying after firing her gun.

Source: TheNewYorkTimes.com

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