Mohamed Noor Wiki – Mohamed Noor Biography
Mohamed Noor is a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot a woman while responding to her 911 call in 2017; He was resentenced Thursday to 4 years and nine months in prison after Minnesota’s highest court threw out his third-degree murder conviction last month.
Noor was originally sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for shooting and killing Justine Ruszczyk in July 2017. Last month, the Minnesota Supreme Court vacated Noor’s third-degree murder conviction, ruling there was insufficient evidence to sustain the trust and ordering Noor be sentenced on his conviction for second-degree manslaughter, a lesser charge.
His age is unclear.
Justine Ruszczyk Murder
On the night of the shooting, Justine Ruszczyk called 9-1-1 at 11:27 pm and again at 11:35 pm. She reported that she thought she heard a woman either having sex or being raped.
Dispatchers categorized the call as “unknown trouble: female screaming”—a relatively low priority. Officers Noor and Harrity responded to the low-crime neighborhood of Fulton, in southwestern Minneapolis, drove their police Ford Explorer with lights off through the alley, and found no suspects or signs of the suspected rape that had prompted Justine Ruszczyk calls.
As the officers prepared to leave, Noor “entered ‘Code Four’ into the cruiser’s computer, meaning the scene was safe”. Harrity would later indicate “that he was startled by a loud sound near the squad” and, just then, Justine Ruszczyk approached the police car’s driver-side window.
Harrity drew his weapon but pointed it downward and did not fire. Noor, however, fired once through the open window, fatally striking an unarmed and barefoot Justine Ruszczyk in the abdomen. The officers attempted CPR to no avail; Damond died 20 minutes later. Harrity later told a supervisor, “We both got spooked.”
Mohamed Noor was originally sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for shooting and killing Justine Ruszczyk in July 2017. Last month, the Minnesota Supreme Court vacated Noor’s third-degree murder conviction, ruling there was insufficient evidence to sustain the conviction and ordering Noor be sentenced on his conviction for second-degree manslaughter, a lesser charge.
The new sentence is at the top of the range of state sentencing guidelines, which provide a punishment of 41 to 57 months for someone with no prior criminal record. Noor’s attorney had asked the court to impose a sentence of 41 months, while prosecutors sought the maximum penalty for the remaining second-degree manslaughter conviction.
Noor will receive credit for the 908 days he’s already served, the judge said Thursday. According to Minnesota law, he must serve two-thirds of his sentence before being eligible for supervised release. According to records from the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Noor has been incarcerated since his conviction in 2019.
In handing down the sentence, Judge Kathryn Quaintance pointed out that Noor shot “across the nose” of his partner and endangered residents in the surrounding community.