US Authorities consider charging policeman who shot dead Australian woman

The investigation into the fatal shooting of Australian woman, Justine Damond, by a Minneapolis police officer has cleared its first stage.

Ms Damond was shot and killed by Officer Mohamed Noor on July 15 after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault outside her home.

Minesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has given its preliminary investigation to Hennepin county lawyer, Mike Freeman, who is considering a murder charge.


Officer Matthew Harrity, told investigators he heard a loud noise before his partner fired a shot across him, hitting Ms Damond in the abdomen as she approached their car.

Since Ms Damond’s death, the rookie officer has refused to speak to police.

Justine Damond’s fiance, Don Damond, released a statement urging the courts to make a quick decision.

“The BCA has concluded its investigation, but the wait continues for Justine’s family and me. We want to see justice for Justine, and hope that the Hennepin County Attorney will act swiftly to review the findings and determine charges,” he said.