Search Warrants in Damond Shooting Indicate Woman Slapped Patrol Car

March 25, 2019 11:46 AM

An application for a search warrant filed in Hennepin County District Court by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension states a woman slapped the back of the patrol car as officers from the Minneapolis Police Department arrived on scene just prior to firing a shot that killed 40-year-old Justine Damond on July 15 in South Minneapolis.

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Officer Mohamed Noor fatally shot Damond when she approached the patrol squad in which Noor was a passenger. Damond had called 911 more than 10 minutes earlier to report a possible sexual assault.

Noor's partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, told investigators a loud sound startled Noor right before Damond approached their vehicle.

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According to the search warrant application:

"On July 15, 2017 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Minneapolis PD received a 911 call from a (woman) requesting police respond to 5024 Washburn Ave S, Minneapolis for a female screaming at this location. Approximately 10 minutes later, a female called 911 again to check the status of police arrival at this address. Moments later, Minneapolis PD arrived on scene. Upon police arrival, a female 'slaps' the back of the patrol squad.

"After that, it is unknown to BCA agents what exactly happened, but the female became deceased in the alley, approximately 10 to 20 ft. north of 51st St. with trauma to her torso that could be a gunshot wound. Minneapolis PD has not elaborated on the circumstances, but requested the BCA to investigate an officer-involved shooting regarding this incident."

According to records filed in court, the scene was searched at 6:30 a.m. on July 16 - roughly seven hours after the incident.

Among the items submitted for analysis were:

  • Cartridge cases found on ground near the passenger side of the squad car
  • A cell phone found on the ground near Damond
  • A bloodstain found on the rear driver side door of the squad car
  • A 'latent print lift(s)' described as a gel lift from dust on the rear cargo door window of the squad car
  • A 'latent print lift(s)' described as coming from exterior surfaces of the squad car 

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