Brooklyn Center officer in Daunte Wright shooting, police chief submit resignation

Rebecca Omastiak
Updated: April 13, 2021 06:30 PM
Created: April 13, 2021 12:17 PM

Tuesday, Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon have resigned from their positions.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified Potter as the officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center Sunday.

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Sources told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that the Washington County Sheriff's Office plans to officially charge Potter on Wednesday.

A release from the Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS)—which reports itself as Minnesota's largest public safety labor union specializing in representing over 6,400 members throughout the state—stated Potter has submitted her resignation letter to city staff.

The letter, included with the release, is 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

During a Tuesday afternoon news conference, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott announced Gannon has also submitted his resignation.

The resignations were submitted two days after Wright's death during a traffic stop.

Monday evening, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office reported Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest. The medical examiner declared the manner of death a homicide.

During a news conference Monday, Gannon said the officer, later identified as Potter, "drew their handgun instead of their Taser" during the stop.

Watch Tuesday's news conference via the player below:

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