Cultural Enrichment- Somali Muslim cop in Minn. who fatally shot an Australian woman has 3 other complaints against him

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The Minneapolis police officer said to be the one who fired the shot that killed 40-year-old Justine Damond Saturday night in southwest Minneapolis had three complaints on file, according to city records.

Multiple sources confirmed to KSTP Monday morning that the identity of the officer is Mohamed Noor.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's autopsy report, released Monday night, indicates Damond died from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, and that the manner of death was a homicide.

Noor joined the department in March 2015 and is currently assigned to the 5th Precinct in the southwest part of the city.

City records show one complaint against him was dismissed with no disciplinary action being taken. The other two remain open.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau is calling the officer-involved shooting "clearly a tragic death."

The chief said in a statement Monday afternoon:

I want to acknowledge the pain and frustration that family and community members have following the fatal officer involved shooting on Saturday night. This is clearly a tragic death.

I also want to assure you that I understand why so many people have so many questions at this point. I have many of the same questions and it is why we immediately asked for an external and independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting death. I've asked for the investigation to be expedited to provide transparency and to answer as many questions as quickly as we can.

A source with direct knowledge of the shooting said Monday the officer fired at least once, killing the woman. The source said that Noor was sitting in the passenger seat at the time of the shooting.

Noor reportedly shot across his partner who was the driver of the squad at the time. The shooting occurred at 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Noor issued a statement through attorney Tom Plunkett Monday afternoon:

"Officer Noor extends his condolences to the family and anyone else who has been touched by this event. He takes their loss seriously and keeps them in his daily thoughts and prayers," the statement read.

"He came to the United States at a young age and is thankful to have had so many opportunities. He takes these events very seriously because, for him, being a police officer is a calling. He joined the police force to serve the community and to protect the people he serves. Officer Noor is a caring person with a family he loves and he empathizes with the loss others are experiencing.

"The current environment for police is difficult, but Officer Noor accepts this as part of his calling. We would like to say more, and will in the future. At this time, however, there are several investigations ongoing and Officer Noor wants to respect the privacy to the family and asks the same in return during this difficult period."

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