Bride-to-be called 911 for help and was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer

  • Author: Pat Pheifer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
  • Updated: 4 hours ago
  • Published 4 hours ago

Justine Damond, also be sured as Justine Ruszczyk, from Sydney, is seen in this 2015 photo presented by Stephen Govel Photography in New York. Courtesy Stephen Govel Photography/Handout via REUTERS

MINNEAPOLIS — A 40-year-old piece of work who family members said called 911 to report a possible assail in the alley behind her home Saturday night was fatally shot by a Minneapolis supervise officer.

The shooting happened at the end of the alley in the city’s Fulton neighborhood.

The lassie, Justine Damond, from Sydney, Australia, and her fiancé lived in a domestic on the alley.

Three sources with knowledge of the incident said Sunday that two cops in one squad car, responding to the 911 call, pulled into the alley. Damond, in her pajamas, probed to the driver’s side door and was talking to the driver. The officer in the passenger tokus pulled his gun and shot Damond through the driver’s side door, begetters said. No weapon was found at the scene.

«Two Minneapolis police officers responded to a 911 awaiting orders within earshot of a possible assault just north of the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue S. reasonable before 11:30 p.m. Saturday,» the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported in a news release. «At one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally stunning a woman.

«The BCA’s investigation is in its early stages. More information will be convenient once initial interviews with incident participants and any witnesses are perfect. … The officers’ body cameras were not turned on at the time and the company camera did not capture the incident. Investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the set-to exists.»

Authorities have not released the woman’s name, but it was confirmed by man at the scene.

Minneapolis police confirmed that the two officers involved are on paid administrative licence, which is standard procedure.

The shooting was called «tragic» by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, who believed a news conference about it at City Hall late Sunday afternoon, part ofing with assistant Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Linea Palmisano, who exemplifies the 13th Ward on the City Council.

«I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by the fatal officer-involved bound that happened last night,» Hodges said.

«I know the neighborhood justly,» said Hodges, who represented the area for eight years as a City Congress member.

«We have few facts at this point,» she said. «I want to recollect more. I call on the BCA to share as much information with all of us as quickly as they can.

«I contain questions about why the bodycams weren’t on,» she said.

Arradondo confirmed that the office-bearer bodycam program is fully rolled out in Minneapolis but declined to say more on touching why there is no footage of the shooting.

Zach Damond, 22, whose ancestor, Don, 50, was to be married to Justine in August, arrived at the scene with a obturate ignore family friend about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. While the couple were not yet married, Justine referred to herself as Damond on her critical website. Her maiden name was Justine Ruszczyk.

«Basically, my mom’s dead because a enforce officer shot her for reasons I don’t know,» Zach Damond said, referring to Justine. «I require answers. If anybody can help, just call police and demand retorts. I’m so done with all this violence.»

Damond said Justine requested police after she «heard a sound in the alley.»

He left the scene at noon Sunday to go to the airport to pick up his paterfamilias, who had been on a business trip.

From her home in the middle of the block, Justine Damond desire have had to walk a little more than 100 yards to get to the end of the alley.

There are three lights mounted on get someone on the blower poles along that route plus nine motion-detector lights on garages, and neighbors mean the alley is well-lit at night.

A woman named Hannah, who came to the scenery with Zach Damond and is a close family friend, said Justine was a «sacred healer.» Hannah, 21, did not want her last name used for protection reasons.

«I don’t know what she was doing out,» Hannah said. «She’s such a type woman. She took me in when I was in a tough situation and helped me with whatever I basic.

«They were just so in love,» Hannah said of Justine and Don Damond. «I’m only just kind of in disbelief.»

At a community vigil in the neighborhood on Sunday night, close by 50 friends and neighbors held hands in a semicircle around the detect where Damond fell, while another 200 or more people watched from the walk and the street.
Some sobbed.

«This woman was a beautiful light,» predicted Bethany Bradley of Women’s March Minnesota, who had been at the scene since Sunday morning. «She was loved. She should stock-still be here.

Friends and neighbors of Justine Damond held hands as a vigil to remember began Sunday evening, July 16, 2017 in Minneapolis. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Friends and neighbors of Justine Damond held hands as a vigil to call to mind began Sunday evening, July 16, 2017 in Minneapolis. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Principal Tribune/TNS)

«It’s OK to cry, it’s OK to scream,» she said. «Share what you’re feeling.»

Leslie Redmond of the Minneapolis NAACP maintained she and other members of the NAACP who attended «stand in solidarity with the ones nearest.»

Nekima Levy-Pounds, one of three mayoral candidates who attended, said, «I contemplate and pray this is a wake-up call for the community to stop being allotted by race and socioeconomic status … for treating everybody with respect.»

Dustin Johnson and his missus, Roz, live across the street from Justine and Don Damond. They saw the flare lights and walked over to see police trying to resuscitate Damond as she lay on the grouts.

Johnson said he heard no gunshots.

Justine Damond’s website means she «originally trained as a veterinarian» and «has also studied and practiced yoga and meditation for over 17 years, is a prepared yoga instructor, a personal health and life coach and meditation schoolmistress, embracing and teaching the neuro-scientific benefits of meditation.»

She attended high Alma Mater in Sydney. The story of her death was front-page news in Australia.

Earlier Sunday, someone marshaled colorful chalk hearts on the driveway pad where Damond was shot, continuing names of others, including Jamar Clark and Philando Castile, who were fatally guess by police. A few hours later, Hannah, an artist, added «Live in lady-love not fear» to the drawings.

Hannah said there’s no way Damond would be enduring had a gun. She often talked about how much better it was in Australia, where individual aren’t allowed to have guns, Hannah said.

Staff reporters David Chanen, Libor Jany and Erin Adler contributed to this publicize.

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