A former Minnesota police officer was found guilty of murder Tuesday for shooting an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible rape behind her home.
The jury convicted Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the July 15, 2017, slaying of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a dual citizen of the United States and Australia.
The jury found him not guilty of the top charge of second-degree murder.
Noor, who was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department after being charged, now faces up tp 15 years behind bars for third-degree murder.
He was handcuffed and taken into custody, over the objections of defense attorneys who wanted the former police officer to remain free on bond. Noor showed no visible emotion and didn't look back at supporters in the gallery, including his crying wife.
Noor, a Somali immigrant who'd been on the job for two years, is scheduled to be sentenced June 7.
His defense attorneys left the courthouse without commenting to reporters.
"This is a tragic shooting that did not have to happen and should not have happened," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said after the verdicts were read.
A man who served on the jury, which deliberated about 11 hours, told NBC affiliate KARE 11 that he felt bad for Noor, but that the jurors followed the law in convicting him.
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"I feel bad for the guy," he told the station. "I feel bad for his family. But we determined he committed a crime. And in the end, no one is above the law."
The police union called the death "extremely unfortunate" for all parties concerned.
"From the very onset this was an extremely unfortunate situation for all involved. The tragic loss of life; an officer convicted of murder charges while on duty," according to a statement by the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis.
"Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Our thoughts are with former Officer Noor. The Federation respects the legal process and the findings of the jury."
The woman's father, John Ruszczyk, has filed a $50 million federal lawsuit against Noor, Harrity, the city and police leaders, claiming a civil rights violation. That case is on hold until the criminal case is finished.
"We are satisfied with the outcome," Ruszczyk said after the verdicts. "The jury’s decision reflects the community’s commitment to three important pillars of a civil society: the rule of law, the respect for the sanctity of life, and the obligation of the police force to serve and protect."
David K. Li
David K. Li is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.
Doha Madani is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.