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.
A court hearing is scheduled for May 8.
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