Still few answers in police killing of Australian woman
By Brian Seay
Justine Damond was shot in the abdomen Saturday night by Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor.
Shock and sadness is turning into outrage in Minnesota and Australia as officials offer few answers in the police shooting that left an Australian woman dead Saturday in Minneapolis.
Justine Damond, 40, of Sydney, Australia, called police Saturday night about a possible assault in the alley behind her home, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the agency investigating the shooting. Twenty minutes later, she’d been shot in the abdomen by Officer Mohamed Noor, a 31-year-old Somali-American immigrant.
According to the statement, Officer Matthew Harrity was driving the squad car Saturday as the two officers entered Damond’s alley. Harritty told investigators that the officers were “startled by a loud sound near the squad.” That’s when Damond, who was in her pajamas, approached their vehicle on the driver’s side. Harrity said Noor, who was in the passenger seat, opened fire on Damond around 11:30 p.m., shooting at her through the open driver’s side window.
“The officers immediately exited the squad and provided medical attention until medical personnel arrived,” said BCA in a press release. “(Damond) was pronounced dead at the scene.”
A cell phone was found near Damond, but no