Officer who shot Daunte Wright will face second-degree manslaughter charge

The Washington County Attorney’s Office will charge former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly A. Potter with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death on Sunday of Daunte Wright, according to Washington County Attorney Pete Orput.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman referred the case to Orput under a practice adopted last year among metro area county attorney’s offices for deadly police shootings. It calls for the county attorney in the jurisdiction where the shooting took place to refer the case to one of the other counties, or the state Attorney General’s Office, to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated the shooting.

Potter, 48, joined the Brooklyn Center police force in 1995 at the age of 22. She was placed on standard administrative leave following the shooting. She resigned Tuesday.

She is being represented by attorney Earl Gray.