The Minnesota Supreme Court vacated the third-degree murder conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor on Wednesday (September 15).
On July 15, 2017, Noor fatally shot Justine Ruszczyk while responding to a 911 call she placed about a possible assault behind her home.
Noor testified that he feared for his partner’s life as Ruszczyk approached their squad car in the dark, empty alley.
But, Hennepin County prosecutors said Noor overreacted and failed to properly assess the situation before firing a gunshot into Ruszczyk’s abdomen.
Mohamed Noor was convicted of third-degree murder, but the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that there was insufficient evidence to sustain the conviction.
The court ordered that Noor be sentenced on his conviction of second-degree manslaughter, a lesser charge.
Watch the news report below for a better understanding of the overturned conviction.
My thoughts and prayers are with Justine’s family.