The partner of the US police officer who fatally shot Australian woman Justine Damond was “stunned” when his colleague opened fire, sources say.
According to a Minneapolis news station KARE11, Matthew Harrity was speaking to the yoga instructor from the driver’s seat of a squad car when Mohamed Noor reached across him and pulled the trigger.
The pajama-clad 40-year-old was shot in the abdomen as she approached the vehicle in an alleyway behind her home. It’s believed she had called 911 to report a sexual assault.
Both Noor and Harrity have been put on “paid administrative leave” following the incident.
It has since been revealed that Noor – who had only been in the police force for two years – is also being sued over an excessive force complaint filed to the US District Court just three weeks before Damond’s death.
The 31-year-old officer has since offered the Sydney woman’s family his "condolences," but has requested that his privacy be respected.
Damond’s death is being treated as a homicide and authorities have confirmed that investigations are ongoing.
Yesterday, her heartbroken partner Don Damond also spoken out, revealing that both he and his son are "devastated" by the news.
“Our hearts are broken and we utterly devastated by the loss of Justine,” the 50-year-old said.
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