Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Prosecutors to consider charges in Australian woman's death

Prosecutors to consider charges in Australian woman's death

The 40-year-old yoga instructor and life coach from Sydney's northern beaches was shot dead in her pyjamas by Officer Noor behind her Minneapolis home on the night of July 15.

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 vehicle door as she walked down her driveway to greet them.

Police officer Mohamed Noor who fired the shots that killed Justine Damond.

The most likely charges may be second-degree manslaughter, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years, Bennett said.

'They certainly believe charges are merited, ' he said in a telephone interview.

"In Minnesota normally it's a charge of second degree manslaughter, ' Mr Freeman said".

Justine Damond's maiden name was Justine Ruszczyk, but she had already started using her fiance's last name.

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Freeman told residents Damond's death "didn't have to happen". "I shouldn't have happened", Freeman told the 50 or so people in attendance.

In this May 2016 image provided by the City of Minneapolis, police officer Mohamed Noor poses for a photo at a community event welcoming him to the Minneapolis police force.


The shooting sparked outrage in Minnesota and Australia and triggered the resignation of the Minneapolis police chief.

In a separate high-profile shooting, Freeman declined to charge the pair of officers involved in the November 2015 death of Jamar Clark.

Damond's fiancé Don Damond released a statement following the completion of the investigation.

Freeman said in a recent statement that he would follow that same practice in the Damond case. We want to see justice for Justine.' He said the family hopes Freeman 'will act swiftly to review the findings and determine charges'.

"As is often the case in these types of investigations, the country attorney's office will remain in contact with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and may ask for additional investigation during this review".

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