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By Associated Press
Mohamed Noor refused to speak with the investigators after Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a double citizen of the US and Australia, was shot dead in July 2017 and made his statement on his first public statements since her death. [19659006Damondhadalreadycalled911minutesagotoreportapossiblesexualassaultbehindherhousehewasshotdeadassheapproachedNoor'scarafterheandhispartnerrolleddowntheirlanelookingforevidenceofawomanindistress
Noor t dismayed that he fired to stop what he thought was a danger to his partner Matthew Harrity after Noor heard a loud bang on the driver's side of the patrol car Noor said he was not worried about his partner's life when he heard the bang, but later did so when Harrity called "Oh Jesus!" And went for his gun oor said that Harrity had difficulty pulling the weapon from its holster.
Noor said he pressed his left arm over Harrity's chest and saw a woman in a pink shirt with blond hair outside the driver side window of Harrity. Noor said the woman raised her right arm – and he made a split second decision.
"I fired a shot," he said, adding, "I wanted to stop the threat and save my partner's life." 19659006] When he realized that he had shot an innocent woman, Noor said, "I felt like my whole world collapsed."
"I could not breathe," said Noor, who felt he was in great pain.
He started crying and said that if he had known this would happen, "I would never have become a police officer."
Noor's lawyer, Tom Plunkett, asked, "Would you have fired your gun tonight if you were not worried about your safety and the safety of your partner?" Noor said he would not do it.
Prosecutor Amy Sweasy intervened during her cross-examination and asked Noor if she believed "concern" was enough to fire his weapon. Noor said this had been the case when he looked at all the circumstances and protected him and Harrity from death or serious injury.
Sweasy also attacked Noor for making a quick decision without being able to see Damond's hands or whether she was carrying a hand weapon or a cell phone.
Noor said he has been Harrity's partner since December 2016 and that the couple worked together for nearly 400 hours. He said the partnership was "like a marriage," and he knew Harrity well enough to know when his partner was afraid. On Thursday, Noor described the unorthodox way to become an officer – he worked as a pharmaceutical analyst before deciding to switch careers – and then detailed his 29-week cadet training in 2015.
Noor was fired from the force shortly after his indictment.
His lawyers said he was afraid of an ambush, and Noor said about the "counter" from -ambush "training with scenarios like two officers in a patrol car doing routine tasks, and an instructor who's" threat! "The officers had to decide quickly whether to shoot," said Noor.
"Action is better than reaction," said Noor. "If you react, it means it's too late to protect yourself. They're dying. "
Noor described another training exercise in which he was sent to a location, heard shots and did not assess the threat, he ran to it, and an instructor shot him with a paintball gun, he said. 19659006] "So if you do not do your job properly, you'll be killed," said Plunkett. "Yes, sir," Noor replied
The death of Damond, a 40-year life coach who became engaged a month after her death and causing rage and unbelief in the United States and Australia, Minneapolis' chief of police cost her job and contributed to the electoral defeat of the city's mayor a few months later.
The prosecutors alleged the alleged noise, presumably from Damond, the Car was beaten as she approached, finding that the investigators had found no forensic evidence for Damond's fingerprints on the car, and they also asked about H's time arrity's first mention of the strike – not on the night of the shootout, but a few days later, when he was interviewed by state investigators.
None of the policemen had a body camera when Damond was shot. something that blamed Harrity for a vague policy that did not demand it. The department reinforced the policy after Damond's death to demand that the cameras be turned on when they respond to a call.
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 diverse police force in a city with a large population of Somali immigrants.
Noor said on Thursday about immigration from Somalia to the US, where he became a citizen in 1999. He first lived in Chicago, then moved to Minneapolis, where he said he had fallen in love with the city.
He said he became a police officer because he wanted to serve. "