MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The partner of a former Minneapolis cop charged in the shooting death of an unarmed woman is explaining why he didn’t shoot when the woman approached the officers’ squad car.
Matthew Harrity testified Thursday at the trial of Mohamed Noor, who faces murder and manslaughter charges in the 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Noor shot the dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia minutes after she summoned officers with a 911 call about a possible sexual assault behind her home.
Harrity was driving their squad car. He described hearing a thump on the vehicle that startled him and being aware of a presence on his left. He testified he was still trying to make sense of the situation when Noor shot Damond.
Pressed by prosecutor Amy Sweasy, Harrity said his training was not to shoot without knowing what a target was and analyzing the threat. He said he had not yet made that analysis.