A former policeman in the US state of Minnesota has been sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison for fatally shooting a woman.
According to sources, Mohamed Noor, a former police officer was sentenced Friday to 12 and half years in prison for the 2017 fatal shooting of Justine Damond, an unarmed Australian woman who had contacted 911 to report a possible sexual assault.
Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity, responded to the call in their squad car. Noor later testified that he heard a loud bang on the vehicle before seeing a woman raise her arm near one of the car’s rolled-down windows. Other testimony during Noor’s trial suggested Damond, who was unarmed, approached the squad car from the darkened alley to speak with the officers.
Noor fired his gun, hitting Damond in the abdomen, saying he did it to protect his partner, sources wrote.
“I fired one shot,” Noor said at his trial, according to The Guardian. “My intent was to stop the threat and save my partner’s life.”
Prosecutors, however, argued Noor acted “recklessly” by firing at an unknown person without issuing a warning.
Noor is the first Minnesota police officer to be found guilty of murder for an on-duty shooting.
“If I knew this would happen, I would never have become a cop,” Noor reportedly told the jury.