The Daily Mail rushes in where others fear to tread, so take this story with a grain of salt. Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor and his lawyer have refused to explain why Noor shot Justine Damond, in a case that has reverberated around the world. But the Daily Mail claims to have interviewed Noor’s friends. Somewhat to my amazement, they allegedly say that Noor did it on purpose:
Killer policeman Mohamed Noor has said he was ‘startled’ by his victim Justine Damond seconds before he opened fire.
DailyMail.com has spoken to those friends to reveal for the first time his account of what happened that night.
Justine was unarmed and had called 911 caller to alert police to what she believed may have been a rape taking place in the alley behind her home.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a friend of Noor told DailyMail.com that the officer had opened fire when an unidentified figure emerged from the dark and ran towards the vehicle.
The officer said he was not sure what the person was carrying and momentarily opened fire through his driver-partner’s open window. It was confirmed that Justine’s cell phone was found alongside her during the tragedy.
Noor told associates it was dark and the situation was already tense as the caller had been ‘panicking’ when making the 911 call reporting an assault in the alley beyond where Justine lived with her fiancé and his son.
It’s one thing for a 911 caller to panic, quite another for a responding police officer to panic.
According to Noor’s version when they reached the end of the alley, they came across a waiting, panicking figure.
It was dark, and the figure was moving around and approached their vehicle.
Noor said he did not know whether the figure who rushed towards their vehicle was the 911 caller or even if it was a man or woman.
He [fired] his weapon through Harrity’s open driver’s window hitting his victim once in the abdomen.
This story is worse than what I had assumed, which was a completely accidental (and obviously negligent) discharge of Noor’s pistol. No one puts much credence in anonymous, unidentified sources (well, not unless you’re the Washington Post or the New York Times), so we can’t assume the DM’s narrative is correct. But if it is, it’s no wonder that Officer Noor has gone to ground.