Police officer who shot Justine Damond identified

The identity of the police officer who shot and killed Australian woman Justine Damond has been revealed. 

Multiple sources told American news outlet KSTP that the officer who shot the 40-year-old was Mohamed Noor, and his lawyer, Tom Plunkett confirmed the officer had fired his weapon to CBS.

'We take this seriously with great compassion for all persons who are being touched by this,' Mr Plunkett said.

Mr Noor has been working as a police officer since early 2015, and holds a degree in business administration and economics from Augsburg College.

Minneapolis police officer Mohammed Noor is reported to be the officer who fatally shot Justine Damond on Saturday night

Minneapolis police officer Mohammed Noor is reported to be the officer who fatally shot Justine Damond on Saturday night

He is the first Somali-American officer to work in Minneapolis' 5th precinct, reported KSTP. The officer has been suspended while an investigation into the shooting continues.

Ms Damond was shot dead in an alleyway behind her home about 11.30pm on Saturday night, while wearing her pyjamas, reports say.

She had called 911 to attend a noise and possible assault in the alley, and was reportedly speaking to two officers through the drivers side window when the officer in the front passenger seat shot her through the drivers side door.

Neighbours told The Star Tribune they came out of their home to investigate the flashing lights and saw police trying to revive Ms Damond, who was lying on the ground. 

Ms Damond had a well-known stance against guns, and there was no way she would have been armed on Saturday night, her friend Hannah, 21, told the paper. 

She also explained Ms Damond, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, often spoke about the benefits of Australia's tight gun control.

Despite her misgivings, Ms Damond had elected to give up her life in Sydney for one in Minneapolis, where she lived with her fiance Don, who she described as the 'amazing, handsome hilarious, rockstar love of my life'.

Justine Damond (pictured) was shot dead in her pyjamas by police in the United States, after calling 911 to report a disturbance in an alley near her home at South Minneapolis, Minnesota

Justine Damond (pictured) was shot dead in her pyjamas by police in the United States, after calling 911 to report a disturbance in an alley near her home at South Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ms Damond, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, was originally from Sydney but had been living in the US for three years and was engaged to marry American businessman Don Damond (right), 50, in August

Ms Damond, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, was originally from Sydney but had been living in the US for three years and was engaged to marry American businessman Don Damond (right), 50, in August

In a Facebook post dating back to 2014, the woman describes her fiance Don as the 'amazing, handsome, hilarious, rockstar love of my life' (pictured)

In a Facebook post dating back to 2014, the woman describes her fiance Don as the 'amazing, handsome, hilarious, rockstar love of my life' (pictured)

Ms Damond was due to marry fiance Don Damond, a former musician, in August, and become a step-mother to his 22-year-old son Zach.

At the time of the shooting Mr Damond, the vice president of Little Six Casino was away on business.

Her soon-to-be stepson Zach was reportedly also not at the home on Saturday night, returning on Sunday to discover the crime scene.

And just hours after the shooting he spoke to a local activist group, slamming police over the death of Ms Damond - who he called his 'best friend'.

'Basically my mum's dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know,' Zach Damond said.

'I demand answers. If anybody can help, just call police and demand answers. I'm so done with all this violence. It's so much bulls**t. America sucks.

'She was a very passionate woman, she thought something bad was happening - and next thing you know they take my best friend's life.'

Ms Damond was shot in an alleyway on 51st Street in the Fulton neighbourhood (pictured)

Ms Damond was shot in an alleyway on 51st Street in the Fulton neighbourhood (pictured)

Just hours after the shooting Zach Damond (pictured), her heartbroken soon-to-be stepson, spoke with close friends of the woman and slammed police over her death

'Basically my mum's dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know,' he said

Just hours after the shooting Zach Damond (pictured), her heartbroken soon-to-be stepson, spoke with close friends of the woman and slammed police over her death

Ms Damond had previously spoken out against US gun laws and said it was better in Australia, where there is tight gun control

Ms Damond had previously spoken out against US gun laws and said it was better in Australia, where there is tight gun control

When police arrived at her home at around 11.30pm, 'one officer fired their weapon, fatally striking the woman' as she reportedly stood in her driveway, wearing pyjamas

When police arrived at her home at around 11.30pm, 'one officer fired their weapon, fatally striking the woman' as she reportedly stood in her driveway, wearing pyjamas

Ms Damond's Australian-based family released a statement through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Monday afternoon.

'This is a very difficult time for our family. We are trying to come to terms with this tragedy and to understand why this has happened,' the statement read.

'We will not make any further comment or statement and ask that you respect our privacy.' 

Neighbours say they saw officers desperately trying to resuscitate the woman after she was shot 

Neighbours say they saw officers desperately trying to resuscitate the woman after she was shot 

Ms Damond (pictured) was a 'corporate speaker, trainer and coach' who worked to spiritually help others and regularly ran workshops, according to her website and social media accounts

Ms Damond (pictured) was a 'corporate speaker, trainer and coach' who worked to spiritually help others and regularly ran workshops, according to her website and social media accounts

Ms Damond attended Manly High School and the University of Sydney. 

Her friend Matt Omo, an Australian, told the ABC he hoped something positive could come from the tragedy.

'I only hope this evolves into something that can make a positive impact for the world,' he said. 

Family friend Julia Reed addressed media on Monday, and said the woman would be

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