Cop who shot unarmed, Good Samaritan bride-to-be sentenced to 12 years in prison

The former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman has been sentenced to over 12 years in prison.

CNN reports that Mohamed Noor, who was found guilty of third-degree murder and manslaughter last month for the fatal shooting of Justine Damond, was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison on Friday, the sentence recommended by state prosecutors.

“Good people sometimes do bad things,” Judge Kathryn Quaintance reportedly said in court before handing down the sentence.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Damond died in July 2017 after calling police to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home. Noor was one of the responding officers, and reportedly shot Damond in the abdomen through the driver’s side window of the patrol car, as he was sitting in the passenger seat. Investigative documents obtained by a local news station showed that Noor may have been started by the sound of someone slapping their hand on the patrol car before he fatally shot the unarmed woman, who also went by the name Justine Ruszczyk.

“[T]here is no dispute that Noor reacted based on fear in the split seconds he reacted and shot Ms. Ruszczyk that night,” Noor’s attorney said in court at the sentencing hearing, according to CNN.

Damond, 40, was an Australian native who had recently moved to the United States to be with her American fiancé, who she had been planning to marry the month after she died.

According to CNN, Noor apologized to Damon’s family in court and said he thinks of her every day.