It's still unclear what caused Minnesota police to shoot and kill 40-year-old Justine Damond. The Australian native called authorities about a possible sexual assault behind her home and ended up being shot by accident. According to the NY Daily News, a "loud sound" occurred moments before the cop fired the fatal shot.
The shot was fired by officer Mohamed Noor. Per a statement by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) sent to the Daily News, Noor and his partner Matthew Harrity responded to Damond's house around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. Harrity, who was driving the squad car, said that he “was startled by a loud sound near the squad” right before Damond approached them. Harrity shared that Noor fired his weapon through the open driver's side window and hit Damond.
It's unclear if Noor was also startled by that noice. He has not given a statement about the incident. According to ABC News, Noor declined to be interviewed by the BCA.
Both Noor and Harrity are on paid administrative leave. Noor has been with the department for nearly two years and Harrity has been with it for one year.
The shooting has caused international headlines with critics asking about the use of force and gun violence at the hands of police. Adding to the controversy, the cops did not have their body cameras on and the squad car camera was not activated.