Justine Damond and Mohamed Noor were two strangers from distant lands who arrived in America to fulfill their dreams, but in a tragic meeting in a Minneapolis alley one was killed and the other could face serious criminal charges.
Ms Damond, a peace-loving spiritual healer from Sydney’s northern beaches, was shot in the stomach by Noor, who fled war-torn Somalia as a child and became a police officer proud to serve the people of Minneapolis.
The US medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Ms Damond on Monday determined the 40-year-old’s death was a homicide.
“This individual died of a gunshot wound of the abdomen,” the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office announced.
“Manner of death is homicide.”
The tragic incident began at about 11.30pm on Saturday when Ms Damond attempted to help a person in need.
She heard the screams of a woman in the alley behind the home she shared in the middle-class neighbourhood of Fulton with her American fiance Don Damond.
Ms Damond feared the woman was being sexually assaulted and called the 911 emergency number.
Mr Damond was away on business.
Officer Noor, who had two years’ experience as a police officer, and his partner, Matthew Harrity, with just a year on the job, received the call and pulled into the alley.
Officer Noor was in the passenger’s seat of their police car, Officer Harrity was driving and from the darkness Ms Damond, dressed in pyjamas and believed to be carrying a mobile phone that may have been mistaken for a gun, approached Officer Harrity’s window.
Officer Noor fired his gun over his partner through the car door and the bullet struck Ms Damond in the stomach.
A frustrated Mr Damond says he has been been given few details from authorities about why his fiancee was fatally shot.
“Sadly, her family and I have been provided with almost no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived,” Mr Damond told reporters outside their home.
He said Ms Damond’s death was devastating for…