Witness of Damond shooting comes forward, talks to BCA

The witness had been biking through the area at the time of the officer-involved shooting.
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A witness of the officer-involved shooting that resulted in Justine Damond's death has come forward. 

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension had been wanting to speak with someone who'd been seen biking through the area Saturday night. Apparently that person stopped near the scene for a while.

According to a news release, that person has come forward for an interview as of Friday. 

There's not much detail as to what was said in the interview, but officials say the witness was in the area right before the shooting. The witness also stopped to watch officers provide medical assistance to Damond afterwards. 

A source with direct knowledge regarding the investigation has told the Star Tribune the witness took video of part of the encounter.

The BCA asks any other witnesses to come forward and call 651-793-7000.

The officer who fired still hasn't spoken

Authorities note that Officer Mohamed Noor still hasn't provided a statement to investigators. He hasn't agreed to be interviewed yet, either. 

The BCA explains they can't force people into interviews. 

Noor did give a statement Monday through his attorney, though.

Noor's partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, spoke with BCA agents earlier this week. He explained they'd been startled by a loud noise right before Damond approached their squad and Noor fired.

"The BCA understands the urgency of this case and is proceeding as rapidly as possible without compromising the integrity and thoroughness of the investigation," the news release says. "Forensic testing continues and evidence is being examined."

Janeé Harteau, who'd been Minneapolis' police chief, resigned at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges on Friday. 

Thursday, Harteau held her first press conference since the shooting and said, "Justine didn't have to die."

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