Australian woman who called 911 shot dead by Minneapolis police

Officer shoots and kills woman in Fulton
Australian woman who called 911 shot dead by Minneapolis police

19 July, 2017

"My mom is dead because the police officer shot her for reasons I don't know, and I demand answers", he said.

The Star Tribune identified the woman as Justine Damond, 40, from Sydney. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says that police were called about a possible assault at around 11:30pm.

The BCA said in a press release later in the morning an officer fired a weapon, and a woman was killed.

The officers responded to the call and pulled into an alley where Damond approached them in her pajamas to explain her call, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Later, the officer who sat in the passenger seat fired his gun from inside the vehicle and shot Damond.

Thomas Plunkett, who represents Noor, said the officer "extends his condolences to the family and anyone else who has been touched by this event".

"Like you, I have a lot of questions", she said.

At a news conference Sunday afternoon, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges called on the BCA to share the details of the shooting as quickly as possible. Both officers had their body cameras turned off, authorities said.

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According to the Washington Post, Justine "had already taken her fiancee's last name" and was to be married "in the coming weeks". "Investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the incident exists", said the news release.

Peter Suffoletto, whose cousin John Ruszczyk is Ms Damond's father, said she held dual Australian-US citizenship.

An American man has reacted with shock after his Australian fiancee was shot dead by a U.S. police officer she approached while wearing her pyjamas.

Damond and her fiancé lived in the 5000 block of Washburn, neighbors told the StarTribune.

According to her website, Ruszczyk trained as a veterinarian and later became a yoga instructor and life coach.

DFAT said it was providing consular assistance to the woman's family.

Her family released a statement saying they are going through a hard time and they are still trying to come to terms with the tragic event in their lives.

Questions remain about the circumstances that lead to Damond's death, especially because the officers who shot her had their body cams turned off at the time. He was away for a business trip when the killing took place.

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