Minneapolis police fatally shot Australian woman after hearing 'loud sound,' investigators say
Investigators probing the death of an Australian woman who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police officers over the weekend said Tuesday that the officers were "startled by a loud sound" near their patrol car right before the shooting.
The two officers were driving through an alley near the home of Justine Damond, 40, after she called 911 late Saturday to report a possible assault, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the state agency investigating the shooting.
The officer who was driving the patrol car told investigators that right after the loud noise, Damond approached the car on his side. The officer who was in the passenger seat then fatally shot Damond through the driver's side window, according to investigators.
The information released Tuesday marked the first account from one of the officers about what happened at 11:30 pm on
Saturday in the upscale Minneapolis neighborhood,and it came as relatives of Damond have sharply criticised law enforcement officials for not revealing more about
the shooting. State investigators on Tuesday identified the officer who shot Damond as Mohamed Noor, who joined the department in 2015, and said the officer driving was Matthew Harrity. AGENCIES
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