The Latest: Detective: Scene of fatal shooting clearly lit
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible crime (all times local):
The head of the Minneapolis police homicide unit testified that alley lighting was bright enough that he could clearly see the scene where a Minneapolis police officer fatally shot an unarmed woman in 2017.
Lt. Richard Zimmerman told a prosecutor that he could see the officers involved in the shooting “just like I’m looking at you right now.”
Mohamed Noor is charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Noor shot Damond as she approached his squad car minutes after calling 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home.
Defense attorneys have contended that lighting was poor in the alley where Damond was shot.
The fiance of a woman who was shot by a Minneapolis police officer after she called 911 to report a possible crime cradled his head in his hands as body-camera footage of attempts to save her was played at the officer’s trial.
Don Damond declined to watch Thursday’s playing of the chaotic footage of the unsuccessful efforts to save Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who was shot minutes after calling 911 to report a possible rape near her home. Justine was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia who had taken her fiance’s last name ahead of their wedding, set for a month after her 2017 death.
The Star Tribune reported that one officer’s body camera showed Officer Mohamed Noor and his partner taking turns performing CPR before firefighters arrived and took over.
Noor is charged with murder and manslaughter.