Mohamed Noor is released from prison after dropping murder

The ex-Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed a woman while responding to her 911 call will be released from prison on Monday.

Mohamed Noor, 36, shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond on July 15, 2017, after Damond called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home in southwest Minneapolis.

Initially convicted of third-degree murder and sentenced to 12 years in prison, Noor’s sentence was reduced to four years and nine months for manslaughter after the Minnesota Supreme Court dismissed the murder charge in September 2021.

Noor is being released early and will be released on parole for the next 1½ years.

Damond, who was engaged to be married at the time, thought she heard a woman being assaulted in the alley and called the police.

Noor sat in the passenger seat as his partner pulled their patrol car into the alley. Damond ran to the car when she saw the officers approaching. Noor responded by reaching over his partner and firing a single fatal shot.

In 2018, a jury convicted Noor of third-degree manslaughter. In 2019, he was transferred to a North Dakota prison “for his own safety,” according to the Minnesota Correctional Service. Officers did not say where Noor was prior to his impending release.

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