When a police officer responds to a 911 call, usually they are there to help but when officer Mohamed Noor and his partner responded to southwest Minneapolis he shot the caller instead. That caller was an unarmed woman who had just called 911 to report a possible rape.
Now, prosecutors have charged Noor with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The now former officer turned himself in Tuesday morning in wake of the charges. The shooting took place last July when Noor, 32, shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond, an Australian native.
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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">Noor pictured in a booking photo provided by Hennepin County Sheriff's Office</span>
The 40-year-old Damond called 911 on July 15 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home, but when officers responded and she approached their car she was met with bullets from Noor's handgun. Officer Noor fired his weapon through the open driver's side window and past his partner's head who was driving the patrol car.
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The criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court reads, "There is no evidence that, in that short timeframe, Officer Noor encountered, appreciated, investigated, or confirmed a threat that justified the decision to use deadly force. Instead, Officer Noor recklessly and intentionally fired his handgun."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Former Minneapolis Officer Mohamed Noor's attorney, Tom Plunkett, just issued a statement. <a href="https://t.co/qksqtkeSyb">pic.twitter.com/qksqtkeSyb</a></p>— Mara Gottfried (@MaraGottfried) <a href="https://twitter.com/MaraGottfried/status/976213054122790918?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 20, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Noor's attorney, Tom Plunkett, disputed the legitimacy of the charges saying, "The facts will show that Officer Noor acted as he has been trained and consistent with established departmental policy." The victim's father, John Ruszcyzk, and her fiance, Don Damond, both expressed satisfaction at the decision to charge Noor.
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"No charges can bring our Justine back. However, justice demands accountability for those responsible for recklessly killing the fellow citizens they are sworn to protect, and today’s actions reflect that," the family said in a statement from their attorney. Minnesota law mandates that officers must be in danger "from apparent death or great bodily harm" in order to use deadly force.
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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said, "What is the threat that requires the use of deadly force?" Freeman added that Noor "did not act objectively reasonably … and abused his authority to use deadly force." Noor is facing up to 16 years if found guilty. He remains in Hennepin County Jail on $500,000 bond.
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