A woman who was shot to death by a police officer responding to her 911 call was trying to help what she believed was a possible sexual assault victim, new information reveals.
The Star Tribune has obtained the transcript of Justine Damond’s 911 call, which shows that she was conferenced for the welfare of a woman she said she heard in the alleyway behind her Minneapolis home.
“I’m not sure if she’s having sex or being raped,” Damond told the operator.
“I think she just yelled out ‘help,’ but it’s difficult the sound has been going on for a while, but I think, I don’t think she’s enjoying it.”
The dispatcher reportedly told Damond that officers were on the way, and Damond called back a few minutes later to make sure the police had her correct address and repeated her report of a woman in distress.
Soon after, Minneapolis Police Officer Mohammed Noor fatally shot Damond from the passenger seat of the police cruiser just after she approached the driver’s side door, presumably to speak to the officers.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Noor has secured an attorney and has so far refused to speak to investigators about the incident. The officer driving the cruiser, Matthew Harrity, reportedly told the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) that the officers heard a “loud noise” just before Damond approached the vehicle in her pajamas.
Sources with knowledge of the incident told the Star-Tribune that Harrity was “stunned” when Officer Noor shot at Damond.
The BCA has confirmed that the 40-year-old Australian native was unarmed. Damond was living with her American fiance, who was away on business at the time. They were engaged to be married next month.
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