A former Minneapolis police officer convicted of fatally shooting an unarmed woman was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison on Friday.
Mohamed Noor, 33, shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk Damond in 2017 after he and his partner responded to Damond’s call saying she thought a woman was being sexually assaulted.
Noor testified that he heard a bang on the side of the police car and perceived Damond as a threat.
“I fired one shot,” he said during his trial, according to NBC News. “My intent was to stop the threat and save my partner’s life.”
“I felt like my whole world came crashing down,” he said of his realization that he had shot someone who was innocent.
Noor was convicted in April of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He was found not guilty of second-degree murder.
The Minneapolis Police Department fired Noor after he was charged in Damond’s death.