Australian woman shot and killed by police officer in Minneapolis

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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.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), which is investigating the shooting, said in a statement that "initial interviews with officers" yet to be completed two days after the incident.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said, "I'm sad, disturbed, and looking for more answers, like many of you", including as to why the police body cameras were not on. The police officers who responded to the Saturday night 911 call were equipped with body cameras, the press release said, but the cameras had been switched off at the time the incident occurred. When Noor opened fire, his partner was "stunned", according to the source. The police officers did not have their body cameras turned on. She was about to marry her fiancé Don Damond and was already using his name.

Justine Damond had recently relocated to Minneapolis and was reportedly engaged to be married to Don Damond, a businessman, in August. "This is a tragedy-for the family, for a neighborhood I know well, and for our whole city". The Star Tribune identified her as Justine Damond, 40, from Sydney, Australia. "And that could have been me, that could have been you, that could have been you, that could have been any of us and we are going to make sure this doesn't happen again".

Justine, originally went to school in Australia to be a veterinarian, but devoted much of her life to being a meditation coach, spiritual healer and yoga instructor. Damond had called police for help, after Justine reported a potential assault on Saturday evening behind her home.


Authorities will conduct an autopsy and release details about the manner and cause of Ms Damond's death, the BCA said.

"Basically, my mom's dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know", Zach Damond, Justine Damond's stepson, said in a video posted to the Women's March Minnesota Facebook page. It said the information would be released after her family had been notified.

"We have few facts at this point". "I'm so done with all this violence". He is the subject of an existing lawsuit levied by a woman who says Noor injured her when he and two other officers transported her to the hospital.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement to NBC News that they were "providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian woman who died in a shooting in Minneapolis", but did not comment further, citing privacy concerns.

Justine had her own website, justinedamond.com, which was meant for her healing activities, and where she asked people to "discover your brain".

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