Cop’s attorney: ‘Perfect storm’ led to unarmed woman’s death

  • This courtroom sketch provided by Cedric Hohnstadt depicts prosecution witness Don Damond, Justine Ruszczyk Damond’s fiance, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Minneapolis, during the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Mohamed Noor, who fatally shot an unarmed Ruszczyk Damond, in July 2017, after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home. (Cedric Hohnstadt via AP)

  • This courtroom sketch provided by Cedric Hohnstadt depicts the opening argument by defense attorney Peter Wold, right, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Minneapolis, during the murder trial of his client, former Minneapolis police Officer Mohamed Noor. Noor fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman, Justine Ruszczyk Damond, in July 2017, after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home. Also depicted is Hennepin County District Judge Kathryn Quaintance. (Cedric Hohnstadt via AP)

  • Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, center, is accompanied by his attorneys Peter Wold, not pictured, and Thomas Plunkett, right, as he walks towards the Hennepin County Government Center for opening arguments of his trial Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Minneapolis Opening arguments scheduled to begin in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman as she approached his squad car after calling 911 was reacting to a loud noise and feared an ambush, his attorney said Tuesday, calling the shooting “a perfect storm with tragic consequences.”

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