Australian Justine Damond Shot Dead by US Police in Minneapolis

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 17, 2017

An Australian woman has been killed by a United States police officer responding to a 911 call in Minneapolis. 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.

Authorities have not released the woman's name and are waiting to notify her relatives in Australia.

Justine Damond (40) formerly of Sydney, died in Minneapolis at about 11.30pm on Saturday after two officers responded to a report of a possible assault.

Zach Damond, who identified himself in a Facebook video as the son of the woman's fiance, said she had called police for help after hearing a noise near her house.

Justine, whose maiden name is Ruszczyk, used the name Damond even though the couple were not yet married.

'We are trying to come to terms with this tragedy and to understand why this has happened'.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it is providing consular assistance to her family.

Justine's death was dubbed a deeply disturbing one by Betsy Hodges, the mayor of Minneapolis.

"We have few facts at this point", she said.

Davis-Suggs said her own nephew was shot and killed by police in the early 2000s.

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Don Damond

"More information will be available once initial interviews with incident participants and any witnesses are complete", the agency said in a statement Sunday.

"She was a healer, she was loved and she should be alive. I'm so done with all this violence", he added.

She had training as a veterinarian and ran meditation workshops.

The woman was reportedly shot in an alley near her home in the suburb of Fulton.

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Mr. Omo, who is from IN, said Ms. Damond moved to the United States about three years ago because her fiancé could not move to Australia with his son and work.

The Hennepin county Medical Examiner's Office is conducting an autopsy.

Minneapolis police said the two officers who were involved in the shooting were sent on paid administrative leave, standard protocol and procedure after such an incident.

"I call on the BCA [Bureau of Criminal Apprehension] to share as much information with all of us as quickly as they can". "Her loss, for me, is just a personal reminder that we shouldn't waste time on petty gripes or complaints, we should just find a way to love, bigger and better, because we don't know when the people we care about may not be there anymore".

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