Ex-officer who killed 911 caller describes ambush training

Mohamed Noor, the former American policeman waits to go through security at the Hennepin County Government Center Thursday, March 25, 2019 in Minneapolis in the fourth week of his trial. Noor is charged with second-degree intentional murder, third degree murder and second-degree murder in the July 15, 2017, shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old life coach and Australian-American who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her house. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS – A former American police officer on trial in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home testified Thursday about his training for possible ambushes, says he learned that responding too late, “means … that you die.”

Mohamed Noor refused to talk to investigators after the July 2017, the shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond , a dual citizen of the V. S. and Australia, and his testimony was his first public statements since her death. He described the unorthodox path he took to becoming an officer he worked as a pharmaceutical analyst, before deciding to switch careers — and then detailed his 29-week cadet training in 2015.

Noor was fired from the force shortly after be charged. His lawyers have said he was haunted by a noise in his patrol car right for the shot, and feared an ambush.

Noor described “counter-ambush” training that included scenarios, such as two officers in a patrol car, doing routine tasks, and an instructor shouting “Threat!” The officers had to make a quick decision about whether to shoot, Noor said.

“Action is better than reaction,” Noor said. “If you respond, that means that it’s too late … to protect yourself … you will die.”

Noor described an exercise where he was sent to a location, heard gunshots and in place of the assessment of the threat, he ran in the direction of the. An instructor shot him with a paintball gun, ” he said.

“So the point is that if you don’t do your work well, you get killed,” his attorney, Thomas Plunkett said.

“Yes sir,” Noor answered.

The death of Damond, a 40-year-old coach, who was engaged to be married a month after her death led to anger and disbelief in both the USA and Australia, the cost of the city’s police chief from her work, and has contributed to the mayor’s electoral defeat a few months later.

The plaintiffs have questioned the assumed noise, presumably from Damond store in the car as they approached, by noting that the researchers do not find forensic evidence of Damond the fingerprints on the car. They have also questioned the timing of the partner Matthew Harrity, the first mention of the thump — not the night of the shooting, but a few days later, as he is interviewed by the researchers.

Neither officer had their body cameras are running when Damond was shot, something Harrity the blame for what he called a vague policy that does not require. The department strengthened the policy after Damond death to desire that they be turned on if you are responding to a call.

Damond was white. Noor, 33, is a Somali American whose hiring of two years for the shots was celebrated by Minneapolis leaders as a sign of a diversification of police in a city with a large population of Somali immigrants.

Noor testified about immigrants from Somalia, the united states, where he became a citizen in 1999. He lived first in Chicago, then moved to Minneapolis, where he said that he fell in love with the city.

“I always wanted to serve,” he said.


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