Timeline of Fatal SW Minneapolis Shooting

The memorial for Justine Damond Photo: KSTP/Tyler Berg
The memorial for Justine Damond

January 24, 2018 02:10 PM

KSTP is working to gather details regarding a shooting in southwest Minneapolis that left a 40-year-old woman originally from Australia, identified as Justine Damond, dead.

Here is a timeline of events that have occurred in connection with the incident:


Saturday, July 15

11:27 p.m.: Minneapolis officers are dispatched to the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue South after receiving a trouble call.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reports Minneapolis Police Department received a 911 call regarding a possible assault just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday, July 16

6:50 a.m.: Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Medaria Arradondo held a press conference regarding the shooting. The BCA said in a press release later in the morning an officer fired a weapon, and a woman was killed. In the same release, the BCA said body cameras were not on at the time of the incident.

2 p.m.: Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges releases a statement asking the BCA "to release as much information, as quickly as they are able to."

6 p.m.: Hodges holds a news conference, saying she is "heartsick and deeply disturbed" as a result of the incident.

Meanwhile, a vigil held for Damond draws more than 300 people.

RELATED: Vigil, Rally for Justice Held for Victim of SW Minneapolis Officer-Involved Shooting

Monday, July 17

10 a.m.: Multiple sources confirm to KSTP the identity of the Minneapolis police officer who shot Damond is Mohamed Noor.

RELATED: Sources Identify Officer Involved in Fatal Minneapolis Shooting

1:45 p.m.: KSTP confirms the identity of the second officer in the vehicle, Community Service Officer Matthew Harrity, according to a source.

PHOTO GALLERY: Memorial Honors Justine Damond, Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

2 p.m.: Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau issues her first statement regarding the shooting saying, "This is clearly a tragic death."

3 p.m.: City records confirm that Noor has three complaints filed against him. One is closed without disciplinary action being taken, and two are open. Harrity has one.

3:30 p.m.: Justine's fiance, Don Damond, speaks at a press conference saying, "Our hearts are broken."

4:30 p.m.: Officer Noor sends a statement to KSTP through his lawyer Thomas Plunkett. Read the full statement here.

7:50 p.m. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner says in a release Damond died of a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, and that the manner of death is a homicide.

Tuesday, July 18 

6:30 p.m. The BCA releases preliminary investigative findings based on an interview with Officer Matthew Harrity, the driver of the squad car when the incident happened.

8:15 p.m. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Assistant Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and City Council Member Linea Palmisano hold their second press conference at City Hall since the fatal shooting. Arradondo says Police Chief Janee Harteau has ordered an expedited internal affairs use of force review, as well as a review of how often officers activate their body cameras.

Tuesday night: A source tells KSTP the officers believed they were being ambushed when the fatal shooting occurred.

Wednesday, July 19

11 a.m.: Gov. Mark Dayton calls the fatal officer-involved shooting a "horrible tragedy" during a press conference.

12 p.m.: Transcripts detailing the two 911 calls Damond placed Saturday night are released.

Thursday, July 20

8 a.m.: The family Justine Damond has hired the attorney who represented the family of Philando Castile, who was also gunned down by an area officer.

5 p.m.: Minneapolis police chief Janeé Harteau said Thursday that Justine Damond should still be alive. "Justine didn't have to die," Harteau said. "Based on the information that has been publicly released by the BCA (Bureau of Criminal Investigation), this should not have happened."

Friday, July 21 

Friday afternoon: Members of the Minneapolis City Council called for changes in the city's police department in the wake of the fatal shooting.

5:48 p.m.: Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges announces Harteau's resignation; the now-former police chief released a statement through the police department. At 6:33 p.m., Hodges nominated Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo to take over as chief.

Friday Evening: Police union President Lt. Bob Kroll said Harteau's resignation was "the right move."

8:13 p.m.: Demonstrators interrupt Hodges' press conference to announce Harteau's resignation. Protesters shouted "Bye, bye, Betsy" in calling for Hodges' resignation. Hodges had to leave the room, to which she returned about 30 minutes later to finish the press conference.

Saturday, July 22 

Saturday a.m.: Ward 13 City Council Member Linea Palmisano suggests an outsider is necessary in the search for a new police chief.

Monday, July 24  

4:20 p.m.: The Minneapolis Police Department tweets that additional documents related to the Damond case have been uploaded to the city's website.

Those documents are the personnel files for officers Mohamed Noor and Matthew Harrity.

Tuesday, Sept. 12

Tuesday morning: The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension completed its investigation and submitted the case to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

Wednesday , Dec. 13

Thursday afternoon: Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was captured on video expressing frustration about why he hadn't announced charges in the Noor case. In the video, Freeman blamed investigators who "haven't done their job." 

Thursday, Dec. 28

Thursday afternoon: Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced no decision on whether to charge Noor would come in 2017, and that the investigation would continue into 2018.

Wednesday, Jan. 24

Wednesday morning: It's reported that Freeman has impaneled a grand jury, and that Noor's partner the night of the shooting, Matthew Harrity, was subpoenaed.


Rebecca Omastiak

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