Charging decision expected for Minnesota officer in Australian's death

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"Third-degree murder is defined in Minnesota law as "(w) hoever, without intent to effect the death of any person, causes the death of another by perpetrating an act eminently risky to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life".

Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity, had arrived on the scene after Damond, an Australian-born Minneapolis resident, called 911 close to 11:30 p.m. the night of the shooting to report a possible rape taking place in the alley behind her home.

"Instead officer Noor intentionally and recklessly fired his handgun from the passenger seat in disregard for human life".

In a statement her family said it was "one step towards justice", and are "hopeful that a strong case will be presented by the prosecutor.[leading] to a conviction". Their statement says justice "demands accountability for those responsible for recklessly killing the fellow citizens they are sworn to protect".

If convicted of third-degree murder, he could face a maximum of 25 years in prison, though the presumptive sentence is 12 1/2 years.

Noor himself has not spoken publicly about the case, and he has been on administrative leave since the shooting. He previously said he would no longer convene grand juries in such cases.

Justine Damond with her fiance Don Damond. When Noor and his partner arrived on the scene in their squad vehicle, Damond approached the driver's side window and Noor fired his gun at her through the window, fatally wounding her.

Hennepin county attorney Mike Freeman is expected to comment on the charges later this morning.

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The account of what occurred was given to state investigators by Mr Harrity - but Noor refused to be interviewed.

Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau, who was on vacation at the time of the Damond shooting, resigned shortly thereafter at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges.

"This would have been done a good deal quicker if we had the cooperation of all the Minneapolis police officers", Freeman said.

"I stand here today surprised, but glad that charges have been filed against Officer Noor and in the same breath I feel sadness and anger for all the other families who have not experiences this sort of justice", said Bradley.

"I think it shattered the illusion a lot of us had in this neighborhood that these kinds of things can't happen here and we saw that they absolutely can happen here", said Schuman.

- Ms Damond put her hands on the left side of her abdomen and said "I'm dying" or "I'm dead". It said Harrity was startled, perceived his life was in danger, pulled his gun and held it to his ribcage pointing downward.

But, he says he hopes that the charges are based on the "heinousness of the crime" and not on Officer Mohamed Noor's ethnicity.

Arradondo, Harteau's replacement, quickly announced a policy change requiring officers to turn on their body cameras in responding to any call or traffic stop. Noor, 32, had trained in business and economics and worked in property management before becoming an officer. Neither Noor's attorney, Tom Plunkett, nor the head of the Minneapolis Police Union, Bob Kroll, could immediately be reached for comment.

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