Cop Who Shot Justine Ruszczyk Charged Third Degree Murder
The US police officer who allegedly shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk in July 2017 in front of her home in Minneapolis has now been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
A warrant for the arrest of 31-year-old officer Mohamed Noor was issued last night but his attorney Thomas Plunkett confirmed that he eventually turned himself in.
On July 15, Ms Ruszczyk, a 40-year-old life coach originally from Sydneys northern beaches allegedly called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in an alleyway near her home.
As officers arrived at her home, Ms Ruszczyk reportedly ran up to the police car, at which point Officer Noor shot her at point blank range through the car window.
The incident sent shock waves through people around the world and through the US police industry, causing the local police chief her job and forcing major changes to the department’s policy on body cameras.
Officers at the scene of the crime were criticized for the lack of video footage and for not turning on their body cameras until after the shooting.
According to the jail roster, Noor is facing charges of third degree murder for perpetrating an eminently dangerous act while showing a “depraved mind, and second-degree manslaughter for acting with “culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk.”
Noor could be facing 25 years in prison if he is convicted of the third-degree murder charge and second-degree manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 10-years imprisonment. His bail has been set at $50,000.
Ms Ruszcyzk’s father and finance Don Damond issued a joint statement after the arrest was made saying that they were pleased with the investigation and that they hoped for a conviction.
“No charges can bring our Justin back. However, justice demands accountability for those responsible for recklessly killing the fellow citizens they are sworn to protect and today’s actions reflect that,” the statement said.