Noor signals he'll plead not guilty in Ruszczyk killing

The police officer who shot and killed Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond previous year after she'd called 911 to report a disturbance near her U.S. home will plead not guilty and claim self-defence.

The shot came after Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity, had driven through the alley behind Ruszczyk's home and were about to leave when they were surprised by someone outside the police auto.

Noor shot 40-year-old Justine Damond in an alley behind her south Minneapolis home last summer, after she called police to report a possible sexual assault. Noor then shot Damond Ruszczyk a few times while remaining in the passenger seat of the police vehicle.

The Star Tribune wrote that neither officer had their body cameras activated and Noor has declined to speak with state investigators or a grand jury investigating Damond's death.

Mohamed Noor, 32, has tendered legal documents indicating he will argue that he used reasonable force acting in self-defence on the night of July 15, 2017.

VideoHe's now been charged with the murder of Justine Damond.

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Noor was released on US$400,000 (A$516,000) bail on March 22 after his first court appearance over the shooting death of Ruszczyk. His next court date is May 8.

On the day charges were filed against him, Noor turned himself in to authorities.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman outlined the case against Noor when the charges were announced last month.

If convicted of third-degree murder, he could face a maximum of 25 years in prison, though the presumptive sentence is 12 and a half years.

Noor has pleaded the fifth, remaining silent both publicly and with investigators.

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