Who is Jeffrey Potter? Daunte Wright's shooter Kim Potter's husband is an ex-cop skilled in 'weapons handling'
Jeff worked as a detective at the Anoka/Hennepin Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force from May 2005 to September 2008
Kim Potter, the former police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright after mistaking her gun for a taser, was charged with second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday, April 14. Ironically her husband, as it turns out, lists one of his skills as "weapons handling."
Brooklyn Center Police Department Chief Tim Gannon released bodycam footage from the incident at a press conference. Gannon called the shooting of Wright "an accident", as footage shows Potter shouting "taser" several times but taking out her gun instead. Twitter was aghast that a 25-year-old veteran could confuse a taser for a gun. At the time of the shooting, Potter was reportedly working as a field training officer, training a new officer. Potter shouted, "I'll tase you" to Wright, but took out her service weapon and fired a single bullet instead. She then appears to have dropped her gun. “Holy s**t, I just shot him,” she said as Wright sped away. She was taken into custody by agents of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and taken to jail to await her first court appearance, the release said.
While the case still continues, let's have a look at who her husband, Jeffery Potter, is.
Who is Jeffrey Potter?
Kim Potter is married to Jeffrey or Jeff Potter. The two have two sons born in 1998 and 2001 respectively. According to his LinkedIn profile, "Jeff has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement and corporate security Investigations. Jeff proactively investigates Medical/ Identity Fraud and Threat Assessment. He has experience working with a variety of industries including healthcare and government".
The bio continued, "Jeff is a Retired Police Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in Investigations, Threat Management, Active Shooter Instruction, Field training (FTO), Weapons Handling, Law Enforcement, and Glock and M4 Armorer and Range Master. Strong protective services professional with a Associate’s Degree focused in Law Enforcement".
Jeff previously lived in Saint Paul, Minnesota, but later moved to Minneapolis, Hennepin County. In 1988, he attended Lakewood Community College in Saint Paul where he earned his associate’s degree in law enforcement. He later attended the University of Minnesota Duluth in Duluth, St Louis County, Minnesota where he earned his associate’s degree in aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical engineering.
He served as a police officer in Fridley, Anoka County, Minnesota from June 1990 to February 2017. During his time as a Fridley Police Department detective and an Anoka/Hennepin Drug Task Force member, he obtained a warrant to search the home of Robert Nicholas Trapp, who was later found guilty of a second-degree controlled-substance crime and sentenced to 58 months in prison. On August 31, 2010, Trapp filed an appeal challenging the denial of his motion to suppress.
Jeff worked as a detective at the Anoka/Hennepin Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force from May 2005 to September 2008. In October 2008, he worked as a task force officer in the Drug Enforcement Administration of Minneapolis. In March 2017, he joined Allina Health in Minneapolis as a security officer and later started working as a corporate investigator the same firm.