Partner of U.S.-Somali cop who fatally shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond agrees with prosecutors that it was ‘premature’ to use deadly force

The partner of a Minneapolis police officer who shot dead an unarmed yoga instructor testified Thursday that he didn’t fire his own gun because he was still trying to determine if he was in danger.

Officer Matthew Harrity agreed with a prosecutor’s characterization that it would have been ‘premature’ to use deadly force.

Harrity is a key witness in the trial of Mohamed Noor, who is charged with murder and manslaughter in the July 15, 2017, death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.