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Policeman found guilty of Damond murder

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Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, right, with attorneys Peter Wold, centre, and Thomas Plunkett, left, walks out of the Hennepin County Government Center Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Minneapolis. (Brian Peterson/Star Tribune via AP)

Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor has been found guilty of third degree murder for the shooting death of Australian life coach Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

Noor, 33, had been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

The jury of 10 men and two women took less one day to reach their decision to find him guilty of third degree murder and guilty on second-degree manslaughter.

He was found not guilty of second degree murder.

Ms Damond, 40, formerly of Sydney, was shot dead by Noor when she approached his police vehicle in an alley behind her Minneapolis home.

Ms Damond had called 911 late on the evening of July 15, 2017 after hearing a woman's screams and feared a sexual assault was taking place.

Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity, testified Ms Damond startled them.

Noor feared they were targeted by an ambush.

Ms Damond was dressed in a pink t-shirt with koalas on it, pyjama pants, no shoes and was carrying a glittery gold iPhone.

© AP 2019