Chief: Australian Woman Shot By Cop ‘Did Not Have To Die’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minneapolis police chief says the Australian woman who was shot by an officer after calling 911 “did not have to die.”

Police Chief Janee Harteau on Thursday made her first remarks about the death of 40-year-old Justine Damond last Saturday. She had been out of town on a personal trip.

Harteau says the actions of Officer Mohamed Noor, who shot Damond, “go against who we are in the department” and against how officers are trained.

Noor’s partner told state investigators this week that the shooting occurred moments after a loud sound was heard near their squad car. Both officers are on paid administrative leave.

Also Thursday, attorney Bob Bennett, who represented the family of black motorist Philando Castile, said he is representing Damond’s family. Castille was fatally shot by a suburban officer last year.

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