An Australian woman by the name of Justine Damond, who called 911 to report a possible crime, was allegedly shot in the abdomen by Minnesota policeman Mohamed Noor, 31, through the driver car door of the patrol car as she spoke to Noor and his partner.
Many of the details of this case have not been disclosed, reports The Minneapolis Star Tribune, but certain information has been shared with the public.
The outlet states that Damond – had called 911 to report a possible assault in an alleyway behind her house. She was allegedly unarmed.
According to The Daily Mail, Noor allegedly aimed at Damond from the passenger seat as she was talking to his partner through the driver side window, then shot her in the abdomen and ultimately killed her.
Noor, who has been in the police force for two years, was the precinct’s first Somali-American officer. Attorney Thomas Plunkett said in a statement that Noor “takes these events very seriously.”
“Officer Noor extends his condolences to the family and anyone else who has been touched by this event. He takes their loss seriously and keeps them in his daily thoughts and prayers.”
“He came to the United States at a young age and is thankful to have had so many opportunities. He takes these events very seriously because, for him, being a police officer is a calling. He joined the police force to serve the community and to protect the people he serves. Officer Noor is a caring person with a family he loves and he empathizes with the loss others are experiencing,” the statement read.
“The current environment for police is difficult, but Officer Noor accepts this as part of his calling. We would like to say more, and will in the future. At this time, however, there are several investigations ongoing and Officer Noor wants to respect the privacy to the family and asks the same in return during this difficult period,” the statement concluded.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has personally praised Noor in the past.
On Facebook last year, The Daily Mail states, the Mayor wrote on her page that she “wanted to take a moment to recognize Officer Mohamed Noor, the newest Somali officer in the Minneapolis Police Department.”
“Officer Noor has been assigned to the 5th Precinct, where his arrival has been highly celebrated, particularly by the Somali community in and around Karmel Mall.”
Noor joined the Minneapolis Police in March 2015 and has had three complaints filed against him in two years, one of which includes a lawsuit.
Two were made in 2017 and one was made in 2016 and has been closed and marked “not to be made public,” according to Lou Raguse of Kare 11.
Officer Matthew Harrity, 25, who earned his peace officer’s license last year, was Noor’s partner in the vehicle. He did not fire any shots.
According to a spokeswoman for the BCA, there was no weapon found at the scene.
Although both members of the police force had body cams, neither was turned on according to The Daily Mail.
The BCA said that this “does not determine whether a law enforcement agency policy was violated. That would be reviewed through the agency’s internal affairs process.”
“I do understand this, they were driving down an alley, the victim approached the car. That’s not necessarily a time you must [be taping], but frankly, I think it’s a time you should,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman on the question of why no body cam footage was recorded.
The sequence of events was partially recorded by police radio. According to the Star Tribune, officers were responding to a report of a“female screaming behind the building.” An officer reported over the radio moments later that there were “shots fired… one down at Washburn,” and an officer reporting he was performing CPR. Around a minute after the shooting, an officer reports that there were “no suspects at large.”
While responding to the community Police Chief Janeé Harteau said:
“I want to acknowledge the pain and frustration that family and community members have following the fatal officer involved shooting on Saturday night. This is clearly a tragic death.
I also want to assure you that I understand why so many people have so many questions at this point. I have many of the same questions and it is why we immediately asked for an external and independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting death. I’ve asked for the investigation to be expedited to provide transparency and to answer as many questions as quickly as we can.”
Justine Damond’s fiance Don addressed the media from his backyard in Minneapolis.
“Our hearts are broken and we are utterly devastated by the loss of Justine,” he said.
“It was Justine that called 911 on Saturday evening reporting what she believed was an active sexual assault occurring nearby. Sadly, my family and I have been provided with almost no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived.”
“We have lost the dearest of people and we are desperate for information,” he added.
Hear more from Don Damond in the report below.