Prosecutor Needs Longer on Cop's Killing of Australian Woman

Justine Damond was killed by a Minneapolis Police officer in July. Justine Damond was killed by a Minneapolis Police officer in July. | 

December 29, 2017 10:05 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota prosecutor says he needs more time to decide whether to charge a police officer who fatally shot an Australian woman who called 911.

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Prosecutor Mike Freeman had promised a decision by year's end in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. On Thursday, Freeman said he needed more time. He says he won't rush things.

Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor shot Damond on July 15, just minutes after she called 911 to report a possible assault in the alley behind her home.

Noor hasn't publicly talked about the case. His partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, told investigators he was startled by a loud noise right before Damond approached their police SUV. Noor then shot her.

Freeman was captured on video two weeks ago at a holiday reception complaining that investigators hadn't brought him enough information to warrant charges.

Damond's fiance and family say they support Freeman's decision to take more time to investigate.

Don Damond and family members say they want to ensure the investigation "is rigorous and complete." They say they want justice "and appreciate the support from all of those who want the same."

They asked for the public's patience "to allow the investigation to continue."

Noor's attorney, Tom Plunkett, said in a statement that the officer "extends his thoughts and wishes" to Damond's family.


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