The police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minn., and the city’s police chief resigned Tuesday.

Key Facts

Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department who shot Wright, wrote in her resignation letter that it was in the “best interest” of the department and community that she resigned “immediately.”

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said Tuesday that Police Chief Tim Gannon had also resigned, a day after the city council replaced the city manager and called for Gannon and Potter to be fired.

On Monday, Gannon said it appeared Potter had accidentally shot Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, with her handgun when she had meant to use her taser.

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput is conducting an investigation into the shooting to decide if criminal charges will be filed against Potter, who had been put on administrative leave.

Key Background

According to police, Wright was pulled over for having an expired registration, but officers moved to arrest him when they found an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Body camera footage of the incident shows Wright moved to get back in his car when Potter yelled “taser, taser” before shooting Wright. Wright was shot 10 miles from where former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for killing George Floyd in May 2020. Potter joined the Brooklyn Center Police Department in 1995 at the age of 22. In 2019 she was elected president of the Brooklyn Center Police Officers Association and was a member of the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association.