Cop named Mohamed shoots, kills unarmed woman who called 9-1-1

Justine Damond, 40, was recently engaged to be married.

Justine Damond, 40, was recently engaged to be married.

The Minneapolis cop who shot and killed a 40-year-old woman after she called 9-1-1 to report a possible crime near her home was identified Monday as the precinct’s first Somali-American officer.

The shooting happened late Saturday night at the end an alley on West 51st Street between Washburn and Xerxes Avenues in the city’s Fulton neighborhood.

The deceased woman, Justine Damond, is from Sydney, Australia, and was a yoga instructor. She and her fiancé lived in the 5000 block of Washburn.

The city confirmed the identity Monday of the officer who fired multiple shots at the woman through his police-car door. His name is Mohamed Noor, who joined the force in 2015 as the first Somali refugee in the 5th precinct.

KSTP, citing a source with direct knowledge of the shooting, reported that Noor was sitting in the passenger seat of the squad car at the time of the shooting and “shot across his partner” at Damond, who approached the officers’ car in her pajamas and began talking to the officer in the driver’s seat.

One of Damond’s friends, who identified herself only by her first name, Hannah, told the Star-Tribune that there was “no way” Damond would have been armed.

“She often talked about how much better it was in Australia, where people aren’t allowed to have guns,” Hannah told the local newspaper.

“This is a very bizarre story,” Debra Anderson, chair of ACT For America’s Minnesota chapter and a resident of Minneapolis. “How could a women in pajamas possibly be perceived as a threat, on the opposite side of the car, no less?”

The story is making headlines around the world.

Noor joined the department in March 2015 and is assigned to the 5th Precinct in southwest Minneapolis. Before that, he worked in property management.

Minneapolis has the nation’s largest concentration of Somali refugees, with the community estimated at approximately 50,000 strong in the city.

Mohamed Noor, from a Somali refugee family, pictured with family.

Mohamed Noor, from a Somali refugee family, pictured with family.

Both officers were wearing body cameras but the department said the cameras were not turned on at the time. Their patrol car was also outfitted with a camera, which police say did not pick up any footage of the shooting.

The city has released very little information thus far about the incident. Mayor Betsy Hodges said at a news conference Sunday that she hoped more information would be available in the days ahead, especially about why the police body cameras were not turned on.

The official Twitter feed of the city of Minneapolis reported that Damond had recently been engaged to be married.

“I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by the fatal officer-involved shooting that happened last night,” Hodges said at the press conference.

“We have few facts at this point,” she said. “I want to know more. I call on the BCA to share as much information with all of us as quickly as they can.

“I have questions about why the bodycams weren’t on,” she said.

Assistant Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo confirmed that the officer bodycam program is fully implemented citywide but refused to say anything more about why there is no footage of the shooting.

Also mysterious is the fact that no weapon was found at the scene.

“Two Minneapolis police officers responded to a 911 call of a possible assault just north of the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue S. just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday,” the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a news release. “At one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman.

“The BCA’s investigation is in its early stages. More information will be available once initial interviews with incident participants and any witnesses are complete. … The officers’ body cameras were not turned on at the time and the squad camera did not capture the incident.

Detectives are trying to determine whether any video of the incident exists, but so far say none has been found.

The two officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol for all officer-involved shootings.

The shooting was called “tragic” by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, who held a news conference about it at City Hall late Sunday afternoon, appearing with assistant Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Linea Palmisano, who represents the 13th Ward on the City Council.

“I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by the fatal officer-involved shooting that happened last night,” Hodges said.

“I know the neighborhood well,” said Hodges, who represented the area for eight years as a City Council member.

“We have few facts at this point,” she said. “I want to know more. I call on the BCA to share as much information with all of us as quickly as they can.

“I have questions about why the bodycams weren’t on,” she said.

Arradondo confirmed that the officer bodycam program is fully rolled out in Minneapolis but declined to say more about why there is no footage of the shooting.

Zach Damond, 22, whose father, Don, 50, was to be married to Justine in August, arrived at the scene with a close family friend about 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

While the couple were not yet married, Justine referred to herself as Damond on her personal website. Her maiden name was Justine Ruszczyk.

“Basically, my mom’s dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know,” Zach Damond told the Star-Tribune. “I demand answers. If anybody can help, just call police and demand answers.”

Damond said Justine called police after she “heard a sound in the alley.”

Dustin Johnson lives across the street from Justine and Don Damond. He told the Star Tribune that he and his wife saw the flashing lights and walked over to see police trying to “resuscitate” Damond as her body laid lifeless on the pavement.

Justine Damond’s death has been front-page news in Australia.

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