Somali American police officer Mohamed Noor shot Aussie Justine Damond dead last weekend.
Mohamed Noor reached over his partner and shot Damond dead while she was speaking to his partner.
Damond called the police to report a possible assault down the alley behind her home.
Mohamed was the first Somali officer in his precinct.
Damond was shot and killed while wearing her pajamas and speaking to another police officer. Damond called 911 that night to report a possible assault in an alley behind her home on July 15, reports The Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Noor’s partner was described as “stunned” by the shooting.
CBS Minneapolis reported that Damond “made the 911 call and was speaking to police officers Saturday night. They were near the alley when the officer in the passenger seat reached across and shot her. A cell phone was found near Damond’s body.”
The Star Tribune reported:
A witness who was nearby when Justine Damond was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer has been located and is cooperating, according to state investigators.
The witness, who was seen bicycling east on W. 51st Street immediately before the shooting and who stopped and watched officers perform CPR “has been cooperative and provided an interview today,” according to a news release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Officer Mohamed Noor still refuses to testify.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety released this statement on Friday.
BCA agents have identified a witness to the incident. This individual was seen bicycling eastbound on West 51st Street immediately before the shooting and stopped at the scene and watched as the officers provided medical assistance to Justine Ruszczyk. The individual has been cooperative and provided an interview today. The BCA continues to request that anyone who may have witnessed the incident contact the BCA at 651-793-7000.
Officer Mohamed Noor has not provided a statement regarding the incident and has declined to be interviewed by BCA agents. Officer Noor’s attorney has not provided any update about when, if ever, an interview would be possible. Under the law, the BCA cannot compel the testimony of the officer.
The BCA understands the urgency of this case and is proceeding as rapidly as possible without compromising the integrity and thoroughness of the investigation. Forensic testing continues and evidence is being examined. BCA agents will conduct any additional interviews, as necessary.