Somali Cop in Minnesota Faces Murder Charge for Shooting Woman

In this May 2016 image provided by the City of Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor poses for

The criminal complaint remained sealed by midday Tuesday, but according to the jail roster Noor was booked on a third-degree murder charge for perpetrating an eminently risky act while showing a "depraved mind".

The officer, Mohamed Noor, is alleged to have shot Ruszczyk, who went by Justine Damond, after she called police on July 15 a year ago to report a possible sexual assault happening near her home.

"Instead, Officer Noor recklessly and intentionally fired his handgun from the passenger seat, in disregard for human life, he added". "We remain hopeful that a strong case will be presented by the prosecutor, backed by verified and detailed forensic evidence, and that this will lead to a conviction", family members said in a prepared statement.

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. To date, he has never spoken publicly about the incident.

Freeman said they had no choice but to convene a grand jury and subpoena the officers.

Damond's maiden name was Ruszczyk but she had already started using her fiancé Don Damond's last name.

Noor's partner the night of the shooting, Matthew Harrity, told investigators that he was startled by a loud noise right before Damond approached the driver's side window of their police SUV.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who initially promised a charging decision before the end of 2017, later confided to a group of union activists that he couldn't meet his self-imposed deadline because investigators hadn't done a good enough job collecting evidence.

The officer was placed on leave following the shooting, and elected not to speak to investigators. Her death sparked a national and worldwide outcry and led to the firing of then-Police Chief Janeé Harteau, who was away on vacation at the time.

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Last year, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi pressed charges against St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez after he killed St. Paul Public Schools cafeteria worker Philando Castile during a traffic stop.

Damond, an Australian vet and yoga instructor living in the USA with fiancé Don Damond, was shot dead on the evening of July 15 after reporting a disturbance behind her home.

He says Noor "recklessly" fired his weapon, without fully investigating the situation.

Minneapolis policeman Mohamed Noor handed himself in Wednesday morning (AEDT) after a warrant was issued for his arrest. We all have Fifth Amendment rights, and I respect that.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and MPD Chief Medaria Arradondo held a joint press conference Tuesday afternoon where they read written statements and took questions from the press.

Despite frantic attempts to save her life, she died at the scene.

Chief Arradondo stated that Officer Noor was officially relieved of his duties at the Minneapolis Police Department today.

Noor was charged Tuesday with murder and manslaughter counts. The officer's body cameras were not on at the time of the shooting, but were turned on after the fact.

"So Mike Freeman thinks he can appease white people from southwest and the white majority from southwest when there is no pressure on him to change his behavior or his practices", said Levy-Pounds.

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