Minneapolis Police Shoot Woman

Posted July 19, 2017

Don Damond, Justine's fiance, wondered how police ended up killing the person who had placed the 911 call.

The family of a Minneapolis woman who was shot and killed by police Saturday evening wants answers from the authorities.

Although police have not released the victim's name, family of 40-year-old Justine Damond have identified her.

A pair of officers responded to the area near Damond's home at around 11:30 p.m. and "at one point an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman", police said in a statement.

The officers' body cameras were turned off at the time of the shooting. A source with knowledge of the incident told KSTP that officer Noor was allegedly sitting in the passenger seat of his auto when he shot Damond. The officer was responding to a 911 call about a possible assault.

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"This should not have happened. that could've been me, that could've been you, that could've been you, that could've been any of us", she added.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges visited the scene, in a part of the city she once represented on the City Council.

The fiance of an Australian woman who died at the hands of Minnesota police says he and her family have been given nearly no information about what happened. Noor and the other officer involved are on paid administrative leave, reports say.

But after Minneapolis police arrived, an officer shot and killed Ruszczyk.

Damond, originally from Sydney and also known as Justine Ruszczyk, was a trained veterinarian who worked as a spiritual healer and meditation teacher. The officer in the passenger seat, Mohamed Noor, shot Damond through the driver's side door. USA and Australian media gave her age as 40.

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Ruszczyk reportedly hated America's gun culture but still moved from Australia to the United States for love.

Miss Ruszczyk was born in Sydney but moved to the U.S. to be with her partner, who she was due to marry next month, three years ago.

Hundreds took to the streets of Minneapolis on Sunday to protest Damond's shooting.

Noor's lawyer, Tom Plunkett, said in a statement that Noor extends his condolences to Damond's family.

Nearly 200 people gathered near the scene of the shooting for an evening vigil paying tribute to the dead woman.

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