MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in an alley is a Somali-American who felt called to work in law enforcement after getting a college degree in business.
Thirty-two-year-old Mohamed Noor joined the police force two years ago. He is among more Somalis hired in recent years as the department tries to diversify. To those in Minnesota's Somali community, he was seen as role model, and his hiring was celebrated.
Noor is now on paid administrative leave as authorities investigate the shooting of 40-year-old Justine Damond. Her fiancé said she called 911 late Saturday about what she believed was an active sexual assault.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Tuesday said Noor's partner reported hearing a loud sound near their squad car shortly before the shooting.