MINNEAPOLIS (KARE)- Long awaited testimony from the partner of former Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor begins this morning in Noor’s murder trial for the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.
Officer Matthew Harrity arrived at the Hennepin County Government Center just before 8:00 a.m. While Harrity is technically a prosecution witness, his testimony is also critical to the defense’s assertion that Noor pulled the trigger thinking they were being ambushed.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Noor Harrity told BCA investigators days after the shooting that while sitting in the end of the alley waiting for a bicyclist to pass, “Officer Harrity heard a voice, a thump somewhere behind him on the squad car, and caught a glimpse of a person’s head and shoulders outside his window.” The complaint goes on to say, “Officer Harrity said he was startled and said, “Oh sh*t or Oh Jesus,” perceiving that his life is in danger.
Prosecutors indicated that they plan to challenge those details, since Harrity never mentioned anything about a sound on the car the night of the shooting. Sgt. Shannon Barnette’s body camera video captured Harrity saying “we both got spooked” and “I had my gun out. I didn’t fire. And then Noor pulled out and fired.”