The partner of the Somali Muslim police officer who killed a woman who called 911 to report an assault says he was “stunned’ that his partner opened fire from inside the squad car, KARE reports.
The officer who shot bride-to-be Justine Diamond, 40, was identified as Somali Muslim Mohamed Noor, who joined the Minneapolis Police Department in 2015.
He was heralded as the first Somali officer in the 5th precinct.
Noor’s partner told police that Noor reached over across him and shot out of the window of the car.
His partner was “stunned,” police say.
The two were responding after Diamond called 911 to report a possible assault.
Noor had two open complaints against him, one from earlier this year and one from 2016.
“My mom is dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know, and I demand answers.” said the son of Diamond’s fiance.
More questions were raised by the fact that both officers had their body cameras turned off.
“The officers’ body cameras were not turned on at the time and the squad camera did not capture the incident. Investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the incident exists,” police said in a statement.
More, via KARE:
The BCA released a statement on Monday saying no weapons were found at the scene of the shooting. They say interviews with the officers have been requested but have not yet been completed.
The woman killed was identified by family, friends and clients as 40-year-old Justine Damond, a spiritual healer from Australia, who was also a bride-to-be. The BCA says the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office has conducted its autopsy and will formally release her identity and cause of death, once all family notifications have been completed.