Published: Thu, May 02, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Ex-Minnesota police officer found guilty of shooting woman who called 911

Ex-Minnesota police officer found guilty of shooting woman who called 911

Noor was acquitted of the more serious second-degree intentional murder charge.

A jury of 12 has found former Minneapolis Police officer Mohamed Noor guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, but not guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting death of an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report what she thought was a sexual assault happening in the alley behind her home.

Noor was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs following the verdict.

Justine Damond's father, John Ruszczyk, accused some Minneapolis police of "active resistance" to the investigation and said Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigators showed "gross incompetence".

When Damond approached the patrol vehicle, Noor fired a shot across his partner through the passenger-side window to kill her. Noor said it was when looking at all the circumstances and to protect himself and Harrity from death or great bodily harm.

The Associated Press reported that the prosecution "pounced on that during her cross-examination, asking Noor if he believed "concern" was enough to fire his weapon". He noted that MPD squad cars bear the motto, "To protect with courage, to serve with compassion".

The jury of 10 men and two women reached the decision after three weeks of testimony. Noor said he then saw a woman in a pink shirt with blond hair appear at Harrity's window and raise her right arm.

Sweasy repeatedly pointed out that Noor never said he had saved his partner's life when discussing the shooting with other officers, something she said he surely would have mentioned given his claims that he feared for his life.

Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity, responded to the incident, which defence lawyer Peter Wold described as a "perfect storm with tragic consequences" during his opening remarks last month.

Prosecutors countered that the thump was a story made up later and that Ruszczyk, approaching the squad in her pajamas that night, could not have been considered a threat.

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar - who like Noor is Somali American - tweeted Wednesday that the verdict was "an important step towards justice and a victory for all who oppose police brutality". Add Police Shootings as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Police Shootings news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

He joined the police force in 2015, but was sacked after being charged in the shooting.

One officer could be heard on his camera at one point telling Noor to "keep your mouth shut until you have to say anything to anybody". Prosecutor Amy Sweasy argued the shooting was not justified.

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