New details are emerging about a witness who may have recorded the Muslim police officer, Mohamed Noor, fatally shooting an unarmed woman through the door of his squad car in Minneapolis last Saturday.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) officials claim that a person riding a bicycle past the crime scene may be holding video evidence that is key to the investigation.
According to multiple reports, investigators have reason to believe the witness may have captured part of the incident on camera, and pleaded with the individual to come forward.
“This individual was seen bicycling eastbound on West 51st Street immediately before the shooting and stopped at the scene and watched as the officers provided medical assistance to Justine Ruszczyk,” according to a statement made by BCA. (Scroll down for more.)
A source connected to the investigation told the Star Tribune that the witness “has been cooperative and provided an interview today.”
When responding to an emergency call reporting a disturbance located behind an upscale Minneapolis home, Officer Mohamed Noor shot Justine Damond, 40, multiple times from the passenger seat of his police cruiser. When she was shot, Damond was speaking to Noor’s partner on the driver’s side of the vehicle which was parked in an alley behind the home.
Neither of the officer’s body cameras were activated, nor was the squad car camera recording, when Damond, an Australian spiritual healer and bride-to-be, was killed around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Officer Noor, 31, still has not provided a statement to investigators about the deadly incident.
“Officer Noor’s attorney has not provided any update about when, if ever, an interview would be possible,” the agency said. “Under the law, the BCA cannot compel the testimony of the officer.”
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