Authorities complete investigation into fatal police shooting
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has completed its investigation into the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond in July.
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The Australian woman was shot dead by a police officer, Officer Mohamed Noor, outside her home in Minneapolis in July after calling 911 to report a suspected assault in the alley next to her house.
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The BCA has handed over its findings to the Hennepin County attorney’s office for consideration of charges.
“As it has throughout this investigation, the BCA will continue to work with the county attorney as needed to provide any additional information to prosecutors,” the state Department of Public Safety said in a statement.
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After the transfer of the case was announced, the county attorney’s office released a statement of its own, saying,
“Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and several senior prosecutors will now carefully review the case file to determine what, if any, charges might be brought.”
Freeman is expected to make a decision on the case by the end of the year.
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At the time of the death, Officer Noor’s partner, Officer Harrity, told Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension that Noor shot Damond through their squad car door as she walked down her driveway to greet them.
Harrity claimed Noor fired his weapon after being “startled” by a loud noise.
Noor has been on paid leave since the shooting.
Damond, 40, was living in the US and was due to wed her American fiance Don Damond this year.