Minneapolis Police Officer Charged With Murder
Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor (left) has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.
Damond, an Australian woman, was shot after calling 911 for a disturbance in an Minneapolis Alley.
A life coach and motivational speaker who hailed from Sydney, Damond’s deadly encounter with Noor happened when she approached the SUV that Noor and his partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, were driving in.
Harrity, who was at the wheel, said that he was startled by a loud noise just before Damond approached the open driver’s side window and that Noor fired from the passenger seat, striking the woman.
Noor has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting.
Noor was one of the first Somali-American police officers on the force and was placed in an accelerated police academy when he was hired.