Unarmed woman shot by Minneapolis cop called 911 to report rape in alley

July 19 (UPI) — Justine Damond, the woman fatally shot by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor after she called 911 for help, had just reported a possible rape in the alley behind her house before the shooting, according to a transcript of the call.

“Hi, I’m, I can hear someone out the back and I, I’m not sure if she’s having sex or being raped,” Damond told the 911 operator at 11:27 p.m. On Saturday, July 15. “And there’s a [inaudible] out the back…And I think she just yelled out ‘help,’ but it’s difficult the sound has been going on for a while, but I think, I don’t think she’s enjoying it. I think it’s, I don’t know.”

The operator confirmed that Damond couldn’t see anything related to the attack, but that she could hear a woman screaming.

“It sounds like sex noises, but it’s been going on for a while and I think she tried to say help and it sounds distressed,” Damond said.

The operator said police officers would be on their way. Approximately eight minutes later at 11:35 p.m., Damond called 911 again because they hadn’t yet arrived.

“Hi, I just reported [an emergency], but no one’s here and was wondering if they got the address wrong,” she said.

The operator again confirmed that officers were on their way.

An incident report released by police indicates that police arrived four minutes after Damond’s second call to 911 at 11:39 p.m.

One of the officers then told a dispatcher they had a “code four,” which means no back-up or further assistance was required.

But at 11:41 p.m., Damond had been shot in the abdomen, indicated by one of the officers at that recorded time calling into dispatch: “One down…starting CPR.”

Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the law enforcement body investigating the shooting at the request of the Minneapolis Police Department, said that Noor’s partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, told authorities that he and Noor heard a “loud noise” just before the shooting.

Any motive for the shooting was not discussed in the BCA release.

BCA said Noor has refused to be interviewed by the BCA during their investigation.

Damond, 40, was a trained veterinarian and yoga instructor who was scheduled to be married in August. A native of Australia, her death has gained widespread attention there.

“This is a shocking killing. It is inexplicable,” said Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “I mean, how can a woman out in the street in her pajamas seeking assistance from the police be shot like that? We are demanding answers, something clearly went tragically wrong.”


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