Minneapolis shooting victim's fiance says 'desperate for information'

Wednesday, 19 Jul, 2017

The police officer, who was identified by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as Mohamed Noor, fired his weapon while responding to a 911 call about a possible assault in an alley behind Damond's home, authorities said.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune, citing three anonymous sources, reported that one of the pair of responding officers shot a pajama-wearing Damond through the window of the police auto, after she had approached the driver's side window to talk to the other officer. Noor and the other officer involved are on paid administrative leave, reports say.

His partner, who did not fire any shots, was identified to the Star Tribune as officer Matthew Harrity.

Damond's stepson, Zach, said she had called the police after hearing a noise near her home.

But he also has two complaints against him, still pending, from earlier this year and 2016.

Minneapolis Police said the shooting was not captured by the officers' dashboard cameras and no one seems to know why the body cameras were turned off.

Sources said the officer with Noor was Matthew Harrity, 25, who earned his peace officer's license past year, the Star-Tribune added. Noor relaxed his grip when the woman said she had a previous shoulder injury, the lawsuit says.

That's because the department's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is expected to take two to four months to investigate, said Chuck Laszewski, spokesman for the Hennepin County attorney's office.

Justine Damond was in her pajamas when she was fatally shot.

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The group's interim executive director, Teresa Nelson, said the officers failed to obey department rules by not having their body cameras on.

In 2016, a North Carolina police officer shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott in an incident that was captured by the officer's boy camera.

Just learned Officer Noor "went to Augsburg college and is well respected person in the Somali community". "I've asked for the investigation to be expedited to provide transparency and to answer as many questions as quickly as we can". "I guess she thought that something bad was happening and, next thing I know, they take my best friend's life".

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says she's "heartsick" and "deeply disturbed" by what occurred.

And so far, there is very little information about what happened between the time Ruszczyk called 911 to report a possible assault near her home to the time a Minneapolis police officer shot her.

Ms Damond, nee Justine Ruszczyk, taught meditation classes at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community.

She relocated to Minneapolis and worked as a yoga instructor, meditation teacher and personal health and life coach, according to her business website.

Ruszczyk was originally from Australia, but had lived in the United States since April 2014, a source who knew her said. "Justine was one of the most loving people you would ever meet. we can't even imagine LHSC with out her".