The policeman who shot and killed Australian Justine Damond outside her US home will claim self-defence

Stephen Maturen/AFP/Getty ImagesA demonstration following the death of Justine Damond on July 20, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The police officer who shot and killed Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond last year after she’d called 911 to report a disturbance near her US home will plead not guilty and claim self-defence.

In March, officer Mohamed Noor was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, which respectively carry sentences of up to 25 years and up to 10 years in prison.

In a court filing on Wednesday, Noor’s attorneys disclosed his plea and claim of self-defence and the use of reasonable force.

On July 15, 2017, Damond, originally from Sydney but residing in Minneapolis, called police at 11:27pm to report what sounded like a woman who was “distressed” and potentially being raped.

Two officers, one of which was Noor, arrived at the scene in a squad car three minutes later. At 11.40pm Damond, who was in her pyjamas and unarmed, was shot as she approached the police car.

She died from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.

A court hearing is scheduled for May 8.

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