The shooting of 40-year-old Justine Diamond by a Minneapolis police officer has continued to make headlines with people demanding answers on how such a tragedy could happen.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a statement that the officer responsible for the shooting, Mohamed Noor, has declined to speak on the matter at this time and his attorney hasn’t said if or when an interview will take place.
However, a friend of Noor has reportedly revealed what happened the night he shot the Australian bride-to-be and what caused him to pull the trigger.
Justine Damond called 9-1-1 twice to report the possible assault of a female in an alley behind her house. When authorities arrived, they found no suspects or signs of the reported assault when driving through the alley.
In a statement given by Noor’s partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, he heard a loud sound near the squad, which is when Damond approached the driver’s side of the vehicle. In this moment, Noor opened fire through the window and struck the 40-year-old victim in the abdomen.
The officers attempted CPR to no avail and Damond passed away 20 minutes after the shooting. The incident has become front page news in the United States and Australia, but Noor has refused to speak with investigators, having retained a private attorney.
While the investigation is still underway to uncover more of what happened exactly, a friend of Noor, who has chosen to remain anonymous, has recounted to Daily Mail his account of the incident.
According to the Daily Mail’s source, Noor was “startled” by Damond and fired as a reaction to seeing a figure approaching from the dark.
“Mohamed believes he acted to protect himself and his colleague but accepts since that she was not armed,” the friend said. “It was over in seconds and it was a very tense moment. He is sorry for the woman and her family.”
The friend reiterated that he would have never fired the gun had he not genuinely felt that he was in danger. They also stated that Noor feels “thrown under the bus” by his colleagues who are accusing him of not showing proper police conduct.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has stated that before charges are brought, evidence still needs to be fully examined and forensic testing needs to be completed.