Kim Potter Released From Prison Two Years After Death of Daunte Wright
More than two years after the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, the officer convicted in his killing has been released from prison.
Former officer Kim Potter was released from the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee, a women-only prison, at 4 a.m. Monday. Correction officials say they chose that time for security reasons.
Potter served 16 months of her two-year sentence in prison. The remaining part of her sentence will be served on supervised release.
Potter will live in Wisconsin, where she cannot leave without permission for the next eight months based on the terms of her supervised release.
A Department of Corrections spokesperson says officials monitored intelligence information and found “elevated concern” for Potter’s safety in the days leading up to her release.
“We released Ms. Potter at a time we felt was safest for her and for everyone at the correctional facility,” said Andy Skoogman, spokesperson for the Department of Corrections.
A jury convicted Potter of first- and second-degree manslaughter following the fatal shooting on April 11, 2021. An officer whom Potter was training had pulled over Wright for driving with expired plates. Police then determined Wright had an outstanding arrest warrant.
When Wright was in the process of being handcuffed, he broke free and tried to drive away. Body camera footage shows Potter yelling “Taser! Taser! Taser!” before firing a fatal shot with her Taser.