The partner of the Somalian police officer who killed an unarmed woman from Australia finally broke his silence to those close to him, and what he had to say raises even more questions as to why the woman was killed.
Officer Matthew Harrity was sitting in the driver’s seat of the patrol car when Officer Mohamed Noor pulled out his service pistol and shot Justine Damond several times in the abdomen, resulting in her death. Details of the incident are very slim, and Noor has refused to speak both publicly and to the investigators about it, but Harrity offered some insight into what went down, albeit very little insight.
The Daily Mail reported Harrity wasn’t expecting his partner to reach across him and open fire as he spoke with Damond, who was unarmed and in her pajamas. Damond had called police to report a sexual assault near her home, and she was killed when she went to the street to speak with the two officers.
However, Harrity apparently didn’t view Damond as any sort of threat, which is why he didn’t pull out his own weapon, and why he said he was “stunned” when Noor opened fire.
From the Daily Mail:
The partner of a Minneapolis cop who shot dead bride-to-be Justine Damond was ‘stunned’ when the officer opened fire through a squad car door, sources say.
Officer Matthew Harrity, who was in the driving seat, was speaking to Damond after she called 911 to report a sexual assault occurring near her home, when his partner reached across him and fatally shot her in the abdomen.
A police source told KARE11 that Harrity was ‘left stunned’ by Noor’s actions.
The revelation makes the motive for shooting all the more mysterious as it appears that Harrity did not view Damond as posing a threat.
This isn’t Noor’s first problem since he joined the Minneapolis Police force two years ago, either. In his short time as serving as an officer, he’s had three complaints filed against him, one of which resulted in a lawsuit for using excessive force against a woman, we previously reported.
Noor was also praised by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges for being the first Somalian refugee to serve as a police office in her city.
Mayor Hodges wrote on her Facebook page last year that she ‘wanted to take a moment to recognize Officer Mohamed Noor, the newest Somali officer in the Minneapolis Police Department.
‘Officer Noor has been assigned to the 5th Precinct, where his arrival has been highly celebrated, particularly by the Somali community in and around Karmel Mall.’
This bizarre story continues to develop. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.