Mohammed Noor has been an officer for two years and was the first Somali-American to serve in his precinct
The police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman in mysterious circumstances after she called 911 to report a disturbance behind her upscale Minneapolis home has been identified.
Mohamed Noor, who joined the department in March 2015, reached over and shot Justine Damond, 40, multiple times from the passenger seat of his squad car while she spoke to his colleague on the drivers side in a back alley.
Both officer's bodycams were off and the squad car camera not recording when Damond - who was in her pyjamas - was killed at around 11.30pm on Saturday, just a month before she was due to marry.
Ms Damond's heartbroken fiance Don Damond, fight back tears on Tuesday as he spoke of his partner's shocking death, claiming the police have failed to provide an explanation.
Mr Damond said the family were 'desperate for information' about her shooting - which he referred to as a 'homicide.'
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Justine Damond (pictured) was shot dead in her pyjamas by police in the United States, after calling 911 to report a disturbance in an alley near her home at South Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ms Damond's heartbroken fiance Don Damond, fight back tears on Tuesday as he spoke of his partner's shocking death, claiming the police have failed to provide an explanation
Mr Damond was comforted by his son Zach as he spoke to media gathered outside his home on Tuesday
Mr Damond said the family were 'desperate for information' about her shooting - which he referred to as a 'homicide'
Mr Damond described Justine as a 'teacher to so many' who lived 'a life of openness, kindness and love' and had a 'great wit and humour'
'Piecing together Justine's last moments before the homicide will be a small comfort as we grieve this tragedy,' Don told media gathered around his Minneapolis home.
'Our hearts are broken and we are utterly devastated by the loss of Justine,' he added.
'It was Justine that called 911 on Saturday evening reporting what she believed was an active sexual assault occurring nearby.
'Sadly, my family and I have been provided with almost no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived.
'We have lost the dearest of people and we are desperate for information.'
Friends of the Damonds comforted each other during the press conference
Mr Damond was out of town for business when the shooting occurred
A timeline shows the events that led up to the fatal shooting
Mr Damond described Justine as a 'teacher to so many' who lived 'a life of openness, kindness and love' and had a 'great wit and humour.'
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) - the state agency investigating the shooting - has so far kept tight-lipped on the circumstances that led to the death of the yoga and meditation teacher.
They have admitted that no weapons were recovered from the scene and according to the Star Tribune witnesses to the shooting have described Damond approaching the police cruiser in the alley behind her house.
She was holding her cell phone and talking to an officer on the drivers side before she was shot.
The only concrete statement the BCA has made so far is to confirm that 'At one point an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman'.
Community leader: Officer Noor (center) met with Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges (not pictured) in 2016 where she praised him for joining the police force
Pride: This picture dates from 2015 and shows Officer Noor being inducted into the Somali American Police Association
Noor, 31, who is the first Somali-American police officer in his precinct, has in the past been personally praised by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges.
He also holds a degree in administration and economics.
The Mayor demanded fast answers as the investigation began on Monday.
'I have the same questions you do, and I seek the same answers you seek,' said Mayor Hodges.
'This process is difficult, but I want to be sure we get this right.'
He has already retained the services of a lawyer, who said on Monday that his client is devastated at the death of Damond.
'We take this seriously with great compassion for all persons who are being touched by this,' said attorney Tom Plunkett according to The Star Tribune.
Mr Plunkett has also released a statement on behalf of Mr Noor, extending his condolences to Ms Damond's family.
Meeting and greeting: Mayor Hodges posted this picture of Officer Noor in his uniform to her Facebook page in 2016 along with a tribute to him
'Officer Noor extends his condolences to the family and anyone else who has been touched by this event. He takes their loss seriously and keeps them in his daily thoughts and prayers,' the statement read.
'He came to the United States at a young age and is thankful to have had so many opportunities. He takes these events very seriously because, for him, being a police officer is a calling.
'He joined the police force to serve the community and to protect the people he serves. Officer Noor is a caring person with a family he loves and he empathizes with the loss others are experiencing.
'The current environment for police is difficult, but Officer Noor accepts this as part of his calling. We would like to say more, and will in the future.
'At this time, however, there are several investigations ongoing and Officer Noor wants to respect the privacy to the family and asks the same in return during this difficult period.'
Minneapolis Chief of Police Janeé Harteau issued a statement on Monday calling the death tragic.
'I have many of the same questions and it is why we immediately asked for an external and independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting death,' said Harteau.
'I also want to assure you that I understand why so many people have so many questions at this point. I've asked for the investigation to be expedited to provide transparency and to answer as many questions as quickly as we can.'
The driver of the squad car that pulled up in the alley behind the home Damond shared with her fiance has been identified as Matthew Harrity, a community service officer since 2016.
On Monday morning the heartbroken stepson of Damond appeared outside his home and had harsh words for Officer Noor.
'Why? Why did you do it?,' said Zach Damon.
'He has no idea the impact that he had on thousands of people. No idea.'
'I hope that he wakes up every single day and thinks about it, and then I hope that he thinks about how he can be a better person because that's what she did every single day. And if you don't do that, then you're not even living, either, man.'
Heartbroken: Zach Damond spoke to reporters outside his home on Monday morning and said he hopes the police officer who shot Justine Damond dead on Saturday night suffers
One officer says that he sees a 'female standing behind a building' and 'one down' from the same location before saying they are performing CPR.
Police in Minneapolis are required to wear bodycams at all time, but they are not continually active and are manually switched on when an officer anticipates they will be needed.
It is not known why the squad car camera cannot be used in this case.
The decision to equip all police with bodycams came after the black motorist Philando Castile was shot by an officer in 2016 in controversial circumstances.
Noor, who joined the Minneapolis Police in March 2015, has had three complaints made against him in two years - including a lawsuit.
Two are from 2017 and one from 2016 is closed and according to Lou Raguse of Kare 11 is marked 'not to be made public'.
The lawsuit stems from a police call on May 25, 2017, when Noor and two other officers took a woman to hospital and she claimed that they carried out false imprisonment, assault and battery.
According to the ongoing lawsuit, the woman claimed that Noor 'grabbed her right wrist and upper arm' when moving her.
Ms Damond, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, was originally from Sydney but had been living in the US for three years and was engaged to marry American businessman Don Damond (right), 50, in August
Last year, Mayor Hodges wrote on her Facebook page that she 'wanted to take a moment to recognize Officer Mohamed Boor, the newest Somali officer in the Minneapolis Police Department.
'Officer Noor has been assigned to the 5th Precinct, where his arrival has been highly celebrated, particularly by the Somali community in and around Karmel Mall.'
On Saturday night, Damond had called 911 to attend a noise and possible assault in the alley, and was speaking to the two officers through the drivers side window when she was shot.
Neighbours told The Star Tribune they came out of their home to investigate the flashing lights and saw police trying to revive Ms Damond, who was lying on the ground.
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