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Search warrants say a woman slapped the squad car before Justine Damond was killed

It's not clear if that's the loud sound one of the officers heard.
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Before Justine Damond was fatally shot by Minneapolis police, a woman slapped the squad car the officer who shot her was riding in, newly filed court documents say.

That's according to two search warrants filed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) in Hennepin County District Court. 

Damond called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home in south Minneapolis around 11:30 p.m. on July 15, the warrants say. About 10 minutes later she called again. Moments after that, police arrived at the scene. 

"Upon arrival, a female 'slaps' the back of the patrol squad," the warrants say. "After that, it is unknown to BCA agents what exactly happened, but the female became deceased in the alley."

The warrants don't specifically say it was Damond who slapped the squad car – but the wording ("a female" slapped the squad, then "the female" died in the alley) suggests the woman killed is the same one who hit the vehicle.

The warrants also don't say whether the slap was the loud sound officer Matthew Harrity said he heard before his partner, Mohamed Noor, shot Damond through the driver's side window of the cruiser. 

The BCA said Noor has not spoken to them about the shooting, nor has he given the agency any indication he ever will. The BCA last week reiterated it can't force people to give interviews.

Here's what else the warrants show

The two search warrants – one for the alley on the 5100 block of Washburn Ave. S. (where Damond was shot) and the other for Damond's home – were issued on July 16, and filed in Hennepin County on Monday. 

The warrants were looking for a bunch of things, including weapons, bodily fluids, controlled substances, clothing and documents.

The warrant for the alley, which includes a BCA laboratory request, shows officials lifted finger prints from both the "rear cargo door window" of the squad car and "exterior surfaces" of the vehicle. 

They also found a bloodstain on the rear driver's side door of the vehicle, cartridge cases on the floor of the passenger side of the squad car, and a cellphone on the ground near Damond's body.

The BCA previously said no weapons were found in the area of the shooting. 

These things will be examined by the BCA's labs, and the warrant shows the analysis of some of this evidence won't be finished until this fall or later (see details here – scroll down to Page 8). 

Nothing was taken from Damond's home, according to that warrant. 

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