Ex-Minneapolis cop who shot unarmed Australian woman when she called 911 to report an intruder is released from jail after having his murder conviction overturned
- Mohamed Noor, 36, was released from jail on Monday morning, five years after killing Justine Damond
- Damond had called 911 to report a disturbance outside her home in Minnesota
- Noor mistook her for a threat when he arrived and pulled the trigger, killing her
- He was initially found guilty of murder and manslaughter but last year Minnesota’s Supreme Court overturned his murder conviction
- Justine’s fiancé Don and her family in Australia decried the court’s decision
Mohamed Noor, the former Minneapolis police officer who shot dead an unarmed Australian woman after she called 911 to report a disturbance outside her home in 2017, was released from prison on Monday morning.
Noor, 36, shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk Damond on July 15, 2017, after she called 911 to report what she thought was a woman being sexually assaulted outside her home.
Damond approached his patrol car after seeing Noor arrive with his partner. He told a jury that he misperceived her to be a threat, so fired his gun.
Mohamed Noor was released from prison on Monday morning, five years after shooting dead Justine Damond (right) after she called 911
He was initially found guilty of murder and manslaughter and was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years behind bars, however Minnesota’s Supreme Court overturned the murder conviction last October.
Noor was resentenced to five years as a result and on Monday, he was released to serve out the remainder on probation.
The location of his incarceration was kept secret by the Minnesota Department of Corrections which claimed he was at risk of harm.
He was moved from a Minnesota prison to a facility on North Dakota in 2019 for his own safety.
Damond’s family in Australia previously decried the reversal of Noor’s murder conviction.
Last week, anticipating his release from prison on Monday, her father told The Associated Press in a statement: ‘His release after a trivial sentence shows great disrespect to the wishes of the jury who represented the communities of Minneapolis and their wish to make a statement about the communities’ expectations of police behavior and actions.’
Damond had dual Australian and American nationality.