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UPDATE: Charges Filed Against Noor in Damond Shooting

UPDATE: Charges Filed Against Noor in Damond Shooting

March 20, 2018 03:38 PM

(KSTP) - Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who fatally shot Justine Damond last July, is now listed on the jail roster in Hennepin County and county attorney Mike Freeman has scheduled a press conference for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the roster, he is being held on possible third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges.

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Case Background

Noor and officer Matthew Harrity responded in the late-evening hours of July 15 to an alley on the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue after a 911 call placed by Damond about a possible sexual assault.

Harrity, who was driving the squad, later told investigators he became startled by a loud noise near the vehicle, followed immediately by Damond approaching the driver's side window. He said Noor, sitting in the passenger seat, then discharged his weapon, striking Damond through the open driver's side window.

Neither officer turned on their body cameras until after the shooting, and there was no squad-car camera video of the incident.

A medical examiner's report said 40-year-old Damond died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Noor has not spoken publicly about the case and has declined to speak with state investigators.

Grand Jury Convened

Freeman had convened a grand jury in January to compel testimony and gather evidence related to the shooting after saying in December that additional investigation was necessary.

Police union chief Bob Kroll said at the time that more than 30 officers had been subpoenaed. Most of those subpoenaed were involved in Noor's training and education, Kroll said.

In recent years, Freeman had said he would no longer use grand juries to decide on charges in police shootings, and that he would make those decisions himself in an effort to provide more accountability and transparency.

In December, Freeman was captured on video saying he didn't have enough evidence to charge Noor at the time because investigators "hadn't done their job."

He issued an apology to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Past History

Noor becomes the second Minnesota police officer in 16 months to be charged in the fatal shooting of a civilian. A jury acquitted former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez in June of similar charges in connection to the death of Philando Castile.

Prior to the manslaughter charges against Yanez and Noor, no law enforcement officer in the state had been charged with such a crime in recent history.

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