Kim Potter describes ‘chaotic’ moment before fatal shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright

Kim Potter describes ‘chaotic’ moment before fatal shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright

In this image taken from video, former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter testifies during her trial, Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, in Minneapolis. Potter, who is white, is charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter in the shooting of Daunte Wright, a Black motorist, in the suburb of Brooklyn Center. Potter has said she meant to use her Taser – but grabbed her handgun instead – after Wright tried to drive away as officers were trying to arrest him. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

In this image taken from video, former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter testifies during her trial, Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, in Minneapolis. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

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UPDATED 2:56 PM PT – Friday, December 17, 2021

The defense rests in the trial of ex-Minnesota police officer Kim Potter as she recounts moments leading up to the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright.

Potter became emotional while testifying in her own defense on Friday, saying it “just went chaotic” during the April 11 encounter with Wright. Potter, along with other officers, pulled the 20-year-old over for a traffic stop where a struggle ensued outside of the vehicle and Wright attempted to get back inside of his car.

While reaching for her taser, the former officer said she mistakenly grabbed her gun killing Wright. She now faces manslaughter charges.

“We were struggling. We were trying to keep him from driving away. It just went chaotic,” Potter testified. “And then I remember yelling ‘taser, taser, taser,’ and nothing happened. And then he told me I shot him.”

Potter said she’s never deployed her taser throughout her 26-year career on the force, but confirmed it has been drawn. After testifying for about two hours, Potter stepped down from the witness stand. Meanwhile, the trial is set to resume on Monday.

TOPSHOT - Flowers, candles and placards are seen at a makeshift memorial in honor of Daunte Wright, who was shot dead by a police officer in Minneapolis, in Washington Square, New York on April 17, 2021. - Kim Potter, the police officer who shot dead Black 20-year-old Daunte Wright in a Minneapolis suburb after appearing to mistake her gun for her Taser was arrested on April 14 on manslaughter charges. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/Afp/AFP via Getty Images)

Flowers, candles and placards are seen at a makeshift memorial in honor of Daunte Wright, who was shot dead by a police officer in Minneapolis, in Washington Square, New York on April 17, 2021. (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)

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