Woman calls 911 about a suspicious noise, cop ends up shooting her dead in her own yard


With more questions than answers, family members and neighbors are left wondering why Minnesota police shot and killed an Australian woman who had called 911 over a possible assault.

Justine Damond, from Sydney, Australia, reportedly approached the responding squad car from the driver’s side door and was talking to the officer behind the wheel when a second officer in the passenger seat opened fire, the Star Tribune reported.

Damand, 40, who was wearing pajamas, did not have a weapon.

“Basically, my mom’s dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know,” Zach Damond, the son of Justine’s fiance, told the Star Tribune.

The deceased woman lived with her fiance and was using his last name — they were set to be married in August, the newspaper reported. Her maiden name was Justine Ruszczyk.

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Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges called the shooting a “tragedy.”

“I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by the fatal officer-involved shooting that happened last night,” Hodges said at a news conference Sunday.

A mayoral candidate spoke at a gathering in support of the family, bringing race into the equation — Hamand is white.

“I hope and pray this is a wake-up call for the community to stop being divided by race and socioeconomic status … for treating everybody with respect,” said Nekima Levy-Pounds, according to the Star Tribune.

The incident is being investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

“The BCA’s investigation is in its early stages. More information will be available once initial interviews with incident participants and any witnesses are complete,” the agency said in a statement. “The officers’ body cameras were not turned on at the time and the squad camera did not capture the incident. Investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the incident exists.”

The Ruszczyk family issued a statement on the death of their loved one:

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