LATEST: New Details Released About Justine Damond Shooting

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New details surrounding Justine Damond's death were released, following the arrest of a Minneapolis police officer.

Minneapolis, MN – Additional details surrounding the officer-involved shooting death of Justine Damond were released on Tuesday, just hours after Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor was charged with murder and manslaughter.

During an afternoon press conference, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said that Officer Noor “recklessly and intentionally fired” his duty weapon on July 15, 2017, when he fatally shot Damond, 40, who had reported a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home, MPR News reported.

According to charging documents, Officer Noor, 32, responded to Damond’s call with his partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.

With Officer Noor in the passenger seat, Officer Harrity pulled into the alleyway with the patrol car’s headlights deactivated, and removed the safety hood from the holster of his duty weapon.

He said that he heard a dog barking as he neared Damond’s home, and that he slowed the vehicle to two miles per hour, but never stopped.

Approximately two minutes later, the officers approached the end of the alley, and waited for a bicyclist to pass as they cleared from the call.

Officer Harrity said that moments later, he heard a voice and a thump towards the rear of the patrol car, and then “caught a glimpse of a person’s head and shoulder’s outside his window.”

He said that the person, later identified as Damon, was approximately two feet away, and that he could not see her hands, and did not know if she had any weapons.

The startled officer recalled having said, “Oh s**t,” or “Oh Jesus,” and grabbed for his duty weapon, believing his life was in danger. He said he drew the weapon and held it to his rib cage, pointed downwards.

Officer Harrity said that he then heard a noise “that sounded like a light bulb dropping on the floor, and saw a flash.”

After checking to see if he had been shot, Officer Harrity said he realized that Officer Noor’s right arm was extended towards him, and that Damon was standing outside the driver’s side window with her hands on the left side of her abdomen, covering a gunshot wound.

She said, “‘I’m dying,’ or ‘I’m dead,’” according to the court documents.

Officer Harrity rushed to her aid, and told Officer Noor to re-holster his weapon and to activate his bodycam.

He initiated CPR, and Officer Noor eventually took over. Damond died at the scene.

“There is no evidence that ... officer Noor encountered, appreciated, investigated or confirmed a threat that justified the decision to use deadly force,” the court documents said. “Instead, officer Noor recklessly and intentionally fired his handgun from the passenger seat, a location at which he would have been less able than Officer Harrity to see and hear events on the other side of the squad car.”

According to jail records, Noor faces charges of third-degree murder “perpetrating eminently dangerous act and evincing depraved mind,” and second-degree manslaughter “culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk” in Hennepin County District Court, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.

He turned himself in to police at 11:16 a.m., and was being held on $500,000 bond.

Noor’s attorney, Tom Plunkett, said that Noor again extended his condolences to Damond’s family, but denied that he had committed any crimes, KSTP reported.

"The facts will show that Officer Noor acted as he has been trained and consistent with established departmental policy," Plunkett said. "Officer Noor should not have been charged.”

Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Chief Medaria Arradondo confirmed that Noor was fired from the department following his Tuesday arrest.

"At the request of the County Attorney's Office, I delayed any employment-related decisions in this matter as to not in any way interfere with the criminal investigation in this case,” Chief Arradondo said, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Freeman, who previously claimed that investigators had not done their jobs in gathering evidence for him to move forward with prosecution, said that the charges against Noor “would’ve been done much quicker” if some members of the MPD had been more cooperative, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.

“I’ve been privileged to have this job nearly 18 years, and I’ve never had police officers who weren’t suspects refuse to do their duty and come talk to us,” Freeman said.

Minneapolis Police Officers Federation (POF) union president Bob Kroll denied any allegations that officers were told to not cooperate with the investigation, and said that many of the officers called to testify were not even involved with the case.

“No opinions were offered on what action to take with any of our members. For Mr. Freeman to say this, he is either lying or perpetuating a lie told to him,” Kroll said. “This is evidenced by the fact that nothing in the criminal complaint was discovered during grand jury testimony.”

“We recognize the tragic shooting of Justine Damond has greatly impacted, not only her family and friends, our membership, but also our community,” the POF said in a statement, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “We respect the criminal justice process and wait for the case to proceed before making further comment.”

Noor’s first court appearance has been scheduled for Wednesday.

Comments (24)
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Propolice
Propolice

Such a tragedy for all but this is what happens when our Police Officers have to do their job with the fear that they can be ambushed and shot at. We absolutely must make cop killing a Capital Offense and Punish those who interfere or fight the Officers. Prayers for the victim and her family as well as Officer Noor and his family.

NYC INFIDEL
NYC INFIDEL

That filthy muslime slave terrorist should be hung in front if all the muslime shitbags and the police brass who placed that turd on the force.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I think they would have investigated much faster if they had arrested Noor immediately upon his refusal to give a statement right after the shooting (which is when he should have been arrested). That said, don't like the racism being shown by some on message boards here and elsewhere.

Steve326m
Steve326m

The article said Noor said, "Oh Jesus". Sorry but that doesn't pass the smell test. Noor is a Muslim.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

ASteve326m: the article says that Harrity may have invoked the Lord's name, not that Noor did.

bronx163
bronx163

He should of been collared that day when he shot that “White Woman”.

He should be fored and prosecuted for federal civilrights violations and terror. But the DOJ FBI sit wuiet because the cop is not white. If this was a white cop and black vic the cop would be on death row already.

cclaxton
cclaxton

People are going to play the race card because they have an agenda, not because it is relevant. What is the bigger issue is the relationship with the Somali community there....this bodes badly for them. They should go home.

NFPD103
NFPD103

It's his 5th Amendment right not to give a statement and he can give a Garrity statement, it is a 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Garrity v. New Jersey. Garrity Rights apply only to public employees, because they are employed by the government itself. But most prosecutors cant accept those statements and cant use them against the employee since they are compelled to give the statement under pressure. I don't like what he did one bit, but I won't condone stripping him or any officer of his rights under the laws of this nation simply because they are police officers. The prosecutor's office needs to do its job if they don't think they can win the case then say so stop blaming the investigation. Everyone involved in this case seems to want to pass the buck on to someone else when it comes to this guy. here is an idea how about we take a close look at what each party to this event was doing about what has happened and then have that reported out to the public. from one and why this guy was hired to the day he was arrested and then decide what should happen, its due process.

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

it is about time this guy was charged. If it would have been a white cop and a black woman, charges would have been filed a long time ago. No protests or riots over the white lady being shot. I guess only black lives matter.

AnnaBelle
AnnaBelle

""The facts will show that Officer Noor acted as he has been trained and consistent with established departmental policy," Plunkett said. "Officer Noor should not have been charged.” So shooting unarmed, innocent people is a well established department policy?

AnnaBelle
AnnaBelle

Had a citizen committed the same exact act they would have been arrested immediately and probably held without bond. Why do we continue to allow this double standard?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@NFPD103: Neither Garrity, nor the 5th amendment, have anything to do with the lawful prerogatives of police to arrest a suspect like Noor, police officer or otherwise. The things you are saying are not relevant.

Heezels
Heezels

Because of the nature of a police shooting. It’s a use of force situation.

You also might want to consider George Zimmerman as a direct refutation to the claim, “if a citizen did this...”

Heezels
Heezels

Also, that’s a statement by the damn defense attorney. He’s not going to say that his client fucked up.

NFPD103
NFPD103

yes, they do at the time of the shooting the suspect was engaged in his employment as a police officer and you never lose your 5th amendment. They are very relevant to this case since he was not fired until after his arrest.

FloridaMan
FloridaMan

So she calls the cops into an alley while reporting noise, and the proceeds to go out to the alley she called them to and make noise... Also left out is that this happened weeks after a cop in the Bronx was shot in the head sitting in a car doing exactly what the cops were, so they were on edge. Now I'm not here to defend Noor, he gets what he gets, I don't know who told him to whip it out and start blasting, but what all of this looks like to me is two idiots meeting under the worst of circumstances and one of them died.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

What was her status? Was she an illegal alien?

Katarina
Katarina

Read again, please. It was Officer Hannity who said that. He was also startled and pulled his weapon.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

It appears justice is being done. Justice is not always swiftly done. No decent prosecutor wants to file charges he cannot substantiate and have his head handed to him in court. Sometimes it just take a while to put a case together, especially if officers dodged being interviewed. It is not unusual for other cops to be reluctant to be interviewed as witnesses, especially in cases such as this.

lds719
lds719

You are an idiot. Who gives a shit if she was legal or not. She is not accused of any criminal activity. You are really getting desperate, aren't you?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@lds719 well if you're a "real American," you should be concerned about illegal immigrants overstaying their visas. That's exactly what she was doing.

b1rd
b1rd

Why don't you get on that and find out since you seem to be concerned about it.


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