The Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed Australian woman Justine Damond last July has turned himself into law enforcement and is now facing murder and manslaughter charges.
According to local news site Star Tribune, Officer Mohamed Noor, who originally refused to speak to investigators about the incident, turned himself into Hennepin County Jail after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Jail records show he has been charged with third-degree murder for “perpetrating an eminently dangerous act and evincing depraved mind” and second-degree manslaughter for “culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk”. His bail has been set at US$500,000 (AU$650,000), according to records.
Officer Noor has been on fully-paid “administrative leave” since the shooting.
In a joint statement released by 40-year-old Justine’s fiancé, Don Damond, and her father John Ruszczyk, her family called called Officer Noor’s arrest “one step toward justice for this iniquitous act”.
“We waited over eight months to come to this point,” the statement read, thanking law enforcement officials for their “diligent” and “thorough” investigation.
"We remain hopeful that a strong case will be presented by the prosecutor, backed by verified and detailed forensic evidence, and that this will lead to a conviction.
"No charges can bring our Justine back. However, justice demands accountability for those responsible for recklessly killing the fellow citizens they are sworn to protect, and today's actions reflect that."
If convicted of third-degree murder, Noor could face a maximum of 25 years in prison, though the presumptive sentence is half of that, Star Tribune reports.
The second-degree manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, but the presumptive sentence is four years.
Justine was killed on July 15 outside her home in south Minneapolis home, after she called police to the area fearing a sexual assault was taking place near her house.
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) March 20, 2018