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Bodycam Shows Kim Potter May Have Been Suicidal After Shooting Daunte Wright

Minneapolis, MN – Prosecutors played bodycam for the jury of former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter on Friday that showed the officer became so hysterical after she mistook her gun for her Taser and shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright that fellow officers were concerned she might shoot herself (video below)

Now-former Officer Potter, 48, is facing first-degree and second-degree manslaughter charges for the death of Wright, whom she fatally shot with her duty weapon on April 11 when she mistook it for her Taser.

If convicted, the former police officer is facing a maximum of 25 years in prison, according to Insider.

Former Brooklyn Center Police Sergeant Mychal Johnson, who was there when the incident occurred, testified on Friday about how he handled the scene immediately after Officer Potter shot Wright on April 11.

The prosecution showed the jury Sgt. Johnson’s bodycam from the moments after the shooting when he traded his duty weapon for the gun Officer Potter had fired at Wright to preserve evidence in the case.

He also testified that he was concerned about Officer Potter’s mental state at the time.

The now-former sergeant, who is now a patrol major at a different law enforcement agency, testified that he took Officer Potter’s gun and put his own weapon into her holster.

Bodycam video showed the exchange took place as Officer Potter stood against a fence visibly upset.

“Oh my god! What am I going to do?” she asked in the video.

The footage showed Sgt. Johnson approach Officer Potter at the fence and asked her to swap guns with him.

“Just let me kill myself, Mike,” Officer Potter said in the video.

“No, that’s not happening, Kim,” Sgt. Johnson responded.

He testified that he took Officer Potter’s duty weapon out of her holster and put his own handgun into her holster.

“I knew that her firearm was a piece of evidence at that time,” former Sgt. Johnson testified on Friday. “So I removed her firearm and put it in my holster, and put my gun in her holster, just so that that evidence was preserved.”

The video showed the Officer Potter offered no resistance when her sergeant changed weapons with her.

“I’m giving you my gun, okay. I’m just going to hold onto yours,” he reassured her in the video.

“I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know what happened,” Officer Potter repeated.

The video showed Sgt. Johnson walked her over to the curb to sit beside the rookie she had been training that day.

The prosecution also showed a video from a few moments later after two more sergeants had arrived on the scene.

Sgt. Johnson testified that he spoke with another sergeant who expressed concerned that Officer Potter might try to commit suicide, but that part of the conversation was muted in the bodycam.

By that time, Officer Potter was sitting in the passenger seat of a patrol vehicle and bodycam video showed that Sgt. Johnson approached and asked if he could “borrow” his gun for a moment as he quickly pulled it from her holster.

“I was able to turn away from her with my firearm, remove the magazine from it and the one round that was in the chamber,” the former sergeant testified.

The video showed he stepped away from the front of the car and removed the magazine and chambered round and handed the bullets to another officer before he put the unloaded firearm back in Officer Potter’s holster, the video showed.

Watch the bodycam and testimony here below:

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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