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By Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS – The partner of a Minneapolis policeman who fatally shot an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible crime that On Thursday it was testified that he had heard a crash on the officer's car shortly before the shooting and feared a possible ambush.
Officer Matthew Harrity's statement reiterated an important claim by lawyers for Mohamed Noor, who fired a single shot at Justine Ruszczyk Damond on July 15, 2017, as she approached the officers' patrol car.
Damond had made two 911 calls that night to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her house. The 40-year-old dual citizen of the United States and Australia, who was hit in the abdomen, bled to death after an incident that provoked anger and unbelief in both countries.
The Procuratorate Questions the Defense Story of a Troll in a Police Car He said the investigators found no forensic evidence that Damond touched him. They also questioned the timing of the allegation and said that Harrity mentioned it only days after the shootout and after investigators raised the issue.
Noor never talked to investigators and it is not clear if he will testify.
On Thursday, Harrity described a tense scene in which Noor and Noor rolled down the dark alleys with their headlights off. He searched for evidence of a woman in trouble with a searchlight. Harrity, who was driving, said he once took shelter from his halter, but as they neared the end of the alleyway without finding anything, he thought he had replaced him.
Harrity – wore his uniform and appeared composed on the stand – testified that he then had a "weird feeling" to his left, but could not see what it was.
"At that time I heard something hit the car and I also heard a certain murmur," he said. He immediately pulled his weapon and held it down by his ribs, he said.
Prosecutor Amy Sweasy asked Harrity if he had always pulled his gun in his shock. He said it depends.
"In this situation, with the thump and the astonishment, I went straight to" This could be an ambush, "Harrity replied, adding," My first thought is, I'll make sure that, too whatever it was, does not pose a threat to me. "
Harrity said as he tried to understand what was happening, he heard a bang and looked to see Noor had shot at him and through the driver's side window. [AtnotimeweretheirbodycamerasinservicewhichblamedHarrityforsomethinghedescribedasavaguepolicythatdidnotrequireitandbothmenturnedthemonafterthatandpartofHarrity'swasplayedonThursday It shows the efforts of the two men to rescue Damond with CPR Damond's heavy breathing breath is heard Harrity said, "Stay with me, stay with me, stay breathing." He also hears his partner say, "Noor breathe, a Just take it. "
When Harrity is taken a step away from the pharmacy for medical attention, he warns Noor to slow CPR and assures Noor that an ambulance is coming
A coroner previously said, Damond was hit in a key artery and lost so much blood so quickly that even faster medical care might not have saved her.
Damond was white. Noor, 33, is a Somali American whose hiring was celebrated two years before the shooting of Minneapolis leaders as a sign of a diversifying police force in a city with a large population of Somali immigrants.
Much of the prosecutor's early case focused on coping with the crime scene by police and prosecutors, including possible missteps. They also highlighted how officials repeatedly turn their body cameras on and off after shooting.