Woman dead after officer-involved shooting in Minneapolis

Bill Rogers
July 17, 2017

My thoughts are now with everyone affected by this tragic incident, especially the deceased woman and her family. "It could be at the end of the day".

AAP reports that Ms Damond was originally from Sydney and was engaged to marry her 50-year-old partner.

She was living in the USA for three years with her fiancé Don Damond, 50, and was preparing to marry him in August.

What happened next remains unclear but the department said at one point an officer fired a weapon killing the woman.

During a news conference on Sunday, an MPD assistant chief referred questions about why the officers' body cameras weren't on to the bureau investigating the shooting, while Mayor Betsy Hodges said she's "deeply disturbed by the whole incident".

The release said the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Officer will conduct an autopsy on the woman and release her identity and cause of death once that has been completed and the family has been notified. Investigators were still trying to determine whether other video exists.

Citing three unidentified sources with knowledge of the incident, the Star Tribune reported that an officer, sitting in the driver's seat of a squad vehicle, was speaking with Damond when the officer seated in the car's passenger seat pulled his gun and shot her. The woman, wearing pajamas, approached the driver's side door and was talking to the driver, reported the Star Tribune.

No weapon was found at the scene.

"I know everyone thinks this when a loved one goes in any kind of manner but she was seriously one of the most lovely people that has ever walked the face of the planet", King said. "But it has been made clear to me by the people I represent that they want to make certain that's how I feel".

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On Monday, Hodges shared a statement saying she understood the frustrations of the community with the pace of information being released about the shooting.

The Sydney woman had been living with her fiance and son in Minneapolis.

On Sunday, members of the Minneapolis chapter of the Women's March gathered for an afternoon vigil to pay tribute to Damond. I'm so done with all this violence. It's so much bullshit. She had trained as a veterinary surgeon, according to her website, however, she had been working as a motivational healer.

"A very conscious, loving person and you wouldn't associate that with a gunshot in an alley", he said.

"She was treasured and loved, and we will really miss her", she said.

"They were so in love", Mr. Omo said. Meanwhile, Ruszczyk can be seen in the below video, titled "Justine Damond 7 2 17".

BuzzFeed News reached out to Damond's fiancee and son in Minnesota. "This is very hard time for the Ruszczyk family", Reed said. "And she lost her life being a good neighbor".

The former Manly High School student was a qualified veterinarian, and taught meditation and life coaching. The two were planning to get married next month, according to KSTP.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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