Minneapolis, Jun 8: A former US police officer has been sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in prison for the fatal shooting of an Australian woman.
Former police officer, Mohamed Noor shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond as she approached his patrol car to report a possible rape behind her Minneapolis home in July 2017.
The 33-year-old, Noor on Friday apologised for taking Ms Damond's life at his sentencing, BBC reported.
"I caused this tragedy and it is my burden.I wish though that I could relieve that burden others feel from the loss that I caused. I cannot, and that is a troubling reality for me', Noor told the court.
Noor said that he opened fire on the 40-year-old yoga instructor because he feared that he and his partner were being ambushed.
He said he made the 'split-second decision' after hearing a loud bang and seeing Ms Damond with her right arm raised.
Earlier in April, Noor was convicted of second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder, but acquitted of the most serious charge of second-degree murder with intent to kill.
Ms Damond, a US-Australian dual citizen originally from Sydney, was engaged and due to marry a month after the shooting.
She had adopted the surname of her fiancé, Don Damond, ahead of their wedding.
Her death drew international criticism, with Australia's then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described it as 'unexplainable'.
Damond family was promised 20 million dollar in compensation by the US city of Minneapolis last month. They said they would donate 2 million dollar towards fighting gun crime.