The partner of the Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot Justine Damond last Saturday night told investigators that he heard a loud noise near their vehicle before the shooting, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Officer Matthew Harrity, who was driving at the time of the shooting, told the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) yesterday that as he and officer Mohamed Noor were driving down the alley in search of a suspect, Harrity was “startled by a loud sound” near their vehicle.
“Immediately afterward (Damond) approached the driver’s side window of the squad,” the bureau said. “Harrity indicated that … Noor discharged his weapon, striking (Damond) through the open driver’s side window.” Noor declined to be interviewed by investigators. Both the officers’ body-worn cameras and their vehicle camera were off during the shooting. The Minneapolis Police Department’s internal affairs unit is investigating whether the officers should have had their cameras on. Assistant Minneapolis Police Chief Mederia Arradondo said the department was in the process of rolling out its body camera program and continues to update its policies on the technology. Noor has been with the department for 21 months, while Harrity has been with the department for 12. Both officers are on standard administrative leave.