Woman shot in Minnesota was 'loving free spirit'

Posted July 18, 2017

An Australian bride-to-be was shot dead by a United States police officer after she called 911 to report an assault near her home, her family has said.

Justine Damond, 40, was fatally shot in an "officer-involved shooting" in the city's Fulton neighbourhood according to police.

In a statement released by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the family of the woman - whom Minneapolis authorities haven't identified yet - said it is a hard time.

The two officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure. She had already begun using his name professionally.

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

Department policy requires officers to wear body cameras any time they could "reasonably anticipate" that they will need to record an incident.

Local news outlets report that one of her students said Ruszczyk often talked about how she preferred the tough gun laws in Australia compared to the gun culture in America.

The officer who shot Damond has been identified as Mohamed Noor, a 31-year-old Somali immigrant.

Zach Damond, the stepson of Justine Damond, speaks out about his stepmother's shooting death by police on July 16.

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In an email message on Sunday, Damond said, "Tell people to call the police and demand answers".

"My mum was shot for reasons I don't know", Zach Damond said in a video posted on Facebook. "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". She had originally studied to be a veterinarian but owned a meditation and life-coaching company in Minneapolis, according to her personal website.

According to police sources, Noor shot across his partner and out the window of the squad vehicle, striking Damond.

"When the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office for review", the bureau said. It said the information would be released after her family had been notified.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said Sunday that the shooting made her "heartsick" and "deeply disturbed".

DFAT said it was providing consular assistance to the woman's family. "I'm so done with all this violence", he added.

After an hour of her death, hundreds of women gathered outside the Damond home to hold a vigil for the woman.

BCA tells ABC News they will not be releasing the 911 call until the conclusion of the investigation. In videos posted to YouTube, she recalled moving to Minnesota for love. The detectives said they're trying to figure out if any video evidence of what happened exists. One of the friends said, "This woman was a handsome light, she was a healer, she was loved, she should be alive".