The Minneapolis officer who fatally shot a woman was charged with murder and turned himself in.
The Somali-American police officer who fatally shot a woman last year turned himself in after being charged with murder, according to Fox News.
Officer Mohamed Noor turned himself in on Tuesday after murder charges were issued against the man police said had a “depraved mind.”
According to the criminal complaint, Noor was charged with third-degree murder. He was also charged with second-degree manslaughter, which alleges he acted with “culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk.”
Damond was allegedly fatally shot by Noor minutes after speaking to a 911 dispatcher about a sexual assault taking place near her home.
The officer with Noor at the time of the shooting, Matthew Harrity, told investigators they heard a loud noise just before Damond approached the driver’s side window of their police vehicle.
Harrity said Noor then pulled out his weapon and shot Damond in the abdomen. She later died from that gunshot wound.
Then-Chief Janee Harteau, who resigned following the incident, questioned Noor’s decision to shoot Damond.
Harteau’s replacement, Medaria Arradondo, installed a new policy after the incident requiring officers to turn on their body cameras when responding to a call or traffic stop.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is scheduled to speak publicly on Tuesday about the update, which drew national headlines when it occurred.
Damond’s family released a statement on Tuesday, saying the charges were one step closer to having justice served.
“No charges can bring our Justine back. However, justice demands accountability for those responsible for recklessly killing the fellow citizens they are sworn to protect, and today’s actions reflect that” the statement read.
If Noor is convicted of third-degree murder, he could face up to 25 years in prison. The second-degree manslaughter charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
It’s unclear what happens next, but the evidence in the case against Noor appears to be very strong.