US police officer found guilty of shooting Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond

Noor trial: Jury reaches verdict in Ruszczyk killing

Mohamed Noor trial: Jury reaches verdict over killing of Justine Ruszczyk Damond

A U.S. police officer who shot dead an Australian woman in 2017 was found guilty of murder on Tuesday by a Minneapolis jury.

The officer's body cameras weren't on and there isn't a video of the shooting.

Jurors read the verdict against former officer Mohamed Noor in the death of 40-year-old Justine Ruszczyk Damond of Australia on Tuesday afternoon.

Noor, 33, was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Justine Damond, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, from Sydney, is seen in this 2015 photo released.

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In his only public statement about the shooting, Noor testified that after he heard the loud noise, he saw fear in Harrity's eyes and heard his partner yell, "Oh Jesus!" as he went for his weapon. Noor said he then saw a woman in a pink shirt with blond hair appear at Harrity's window and raise her right arm.

Noor testified that a loud bang on his squad auto made him fearful, and he fired when he saw a woman appear who was raising her arm.

Four minutes after Damond had left her home, an officer was performing CPR on her.

Prosecutors argued that Noor acted unreasonably when he fired, and was too quick to assume that Damond was a threat. He was acquitted of second-degree murder.

Ms Damond was a life coach and engaged to be married a month after her death. After the shooting, hundreds of people marched in the streets demanding justice for her death.

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In this 2017 photo Johanna Morrow plays the didgeridoo during a memorial service for Justine Ruszczyk Damond at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.

Prosecutors attacked Noor for shooting without seeing a weapon or Damond's hands and questioned whether the loud bang was real. But Noor's bullet hit her in a key abdominal artery, and a medical examiner testified she lost so much blood so quickly that even faster medical care might not have saved her.

They also presented evidence during the trial that Ruszczyk's fingerprints were not found on the outside of the squad auto and put two police use-of-force experts on the stand who argued Noor was reckless in his decision to fire.

"It's a tragedy, but it's not a crime", Noor's attorney Thomas Plunkett told jurors Monday.

Noor's last day as an employee with the police department was in March 2018, but Minneapolis police would not comment on whether he resigned or was sacked.

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