Pics: Minneapolis Police/Justinedamond.com
Minneapolis PD officer Mohamed Noor has spoken about the shooting of Australian woman Justine Damond for the first time since her death five days ago.
He hasn't relayed the details to police though, but has decided to talk to close friends. Noor is still refusing to be interviewed official investigators.
The 31-year-old's friends have spoken exclusively to The Daily Mail, claiming Noor told them he was "startled" by a dark figure approaching the squad car he was in, and reached across partner officer Matthew Harrity before pulling the trigger.
That 'figure' turned out to Justine, in her pyjamas, who had in fact called them for help after hearing disturbing noises near her house that she thought was a sexual assault.
Noor told friends he and Harrity tried to save the victim but she couldn't be revived. They also say Noor says he feels "unsupported" because he is Somali American.
"His feeling is "I am an immigrant, a Muslim and not white," a friend told DailyMail.com
Although Noor is refusing to be interviewed by investigators or speak to the media, his family have, saying they're very upset.
"We feel so bad about this, we're traumatised ourselves, ok?" a family member said.
"It's so unfortunate. If you wait for the investigation and see what happened you would know that it was an honest and sincere event that transpired."