BCA finishes Damond investigation, hands it over to county attorney

Justine Damond

Justine Damond - who had already been going by her fiancee's last name at the time of the incident - was fatally shot July 15 by police officer Mohamed Noor, who'd been responding to a 911 call placed by the 40-year-old life coach regarding a possible sexual assault behind her home.

"The BCA has concluded its investigation, but the wait continues for Justine's family and me".

This statement came shortly after state investigators announced they have forwarded the case to prosecutors for possible charges.

The BCA has handed over its findings to the Hennepin County attorney's office for consideration of charges.

However, a charge of second-degree manslaughter is more likely, he said.

At the time of the death, Officer Noor's partner, Officer Harrity, told Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension that Noor shot Damond through their squad vehicle door as she walked down her driveway to greet them.

A decision is expected by the end of the year.

He said the family hopes Freeman 'will act swiftly to review the findings and determine charges'.

During a meeting with Minneapolis residents Sunday, Freeman said the shooting of Damond 'didn't have to happen.

According to the Star Tribune, Freeman told residents that his job was to determine whether Noor did something criminal and whether there was enough admissible evidence to support a charge.

The shooting sparked outrage in Minnesota and Australia and triggered the resignation of the Minneapolis police chief.

Freeman also commented on another high-profile case — this one involving the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile.

THE investigation into Justine Damond's killing by Minneapolis cop Mohamed Noor has cleared its first stage.

Mr Damond released a statement, urging Mr Freeman to make a quick decision.

Her family's attorney has reiterated their desire to see him charged.

Meanwhile, the investigation will remain open while it's reviewed by the county attorney's office.

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