Mohamed Noor to seek acquittal over Australian Justine Damond Ruszczyk killing

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Mohamed Noor, the United States policeman found guilty of shooting and killing Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond, is appealing his conviction.

Justine Ruszczyk Damond was killed in Minnesota, USA.

Court documents show Noor's legal team plan to argue there was insufficient evidence to sustain the third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges a jury found him guilty of last month.

Noor's lawyers had argued he was justified in using deadly force to protect himself and partner Matthew Harrity from a perceived threat.

Noor, 33, who responded to the call that night, testified that a loud bang on his squad vehicle made him fearful, and he fired when he saw a woman appear who was raising her arm.

Justine Ruszczyk Damond was shot dead by the police officer in 2017.

Noor and his partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, testified Ms Damond startled them, they feared an ambush and Noor said he made the split-second decision to shoot across his partner and out the vehicle window at Ms Damond.

"Mr Noor reacted to a dark alley in the middle of the night, a thump on the squad, a voice, a body appearing at the driver's side window, the startled announcement of fear by Officer Harrity as he reached for his firearm, and his observation that the person in the window was raising their right arm", the lawyers wrote.

Ms Damond's family filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and received a record $US20 million ($A29 million) settlement. Noor was slated to be sentenced on June 7.

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