Minnesota officer charged with murder in Australian's death: authorities
March 21, 2018 | 2:12 PM
by Times News Service

Minnesota: The Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman last July was arrested on Tuesday on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, prosecutors said.

Mohamed Noor, 32, turned himself in and was arrested for the death of Justine Damond, 40, who had called 911 about a possible sexual assault near her house, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said at a news conference announcing the charges.

"There is no evidence that Officer Noor encountered a threat, appreciated a threat, investigated a threat or confirmed a threat that justified his decision to use deadly force," Freeman said. "Instead, Officer Noor recklessly and intentionally fired his handgun."

After Noor shot her, Damond put her hands on the gunshot wound on the left side of her abdomen and said, "I'm dying" or "I'm dead," Freeman said. The shooting drew condemnation in Minnesota and Australia, where Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called it "shocking" and "inexplicable." Then-Minneapolis police chief Jamee Harteau resigned after city officials said procedures had been violated and Damond "didn't have to die."

The third-degree murder charge accused Noor of committing an "eminently dangerous act" and showing a "depraved mind," and the second-degree manslaughter charge cited "culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk," the records showed.

The penalty for third-degree murder is up to 25 years in prison and second-degree manslaughter carries a penalty of up to 10 years, according to a state website.

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