Minneapolis Officer Mohamed Noor Chagred with Murder of Australian Woman
US prosecutors have laid a murder charge against a policeman who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman.
Officer Mohamed Noor, 32, turned himself in over the death of Justine Damond in Minneapolis, prosecutors said. He is accused of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Ms Damond died in July last year after calling police to report a possible sexual assault outside her home.
A lawyer for Mr Noor said his client had acted in line with police training.
But in announcing the charges, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman alleged Mr Noor had “recklessly and intentionally fired his handgun”.
“There is no evidence that Officer Noor encountered a threat, appreciated a threat, investigated a threat or confirmed a threat that justified his decision to use deadly force,” Mr Freeman told reporters.
If convicted, Mr Noor could face up to 25 years in prison on the murder charge, and up to 10 years on the manslaughter charge.
The death of Ms Damond, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, caused an outcry in both the US and Australia.