United States police shoot Australian woman who called for help

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"She was committed to love and the relationship that was there for her", her friend Eloise King told the outlet.

According to her stepson Zach, Justine called the police after hearing a disturbing noise outside of her home late Saturday night. Not only were both police officers' body cameras turned off turning the shooting that took place around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, but the squad car's camera also did not record the shooting. All Minneapolis police are outfitted with the cameras. The detectives said they're trying to figure out if any video evidence of what happened exists.

Hodges says she doesn't understand why the officers didn't have their body cameras on at the time.

"We don't want to jeopardize the BCA investigation, or compromise its independence", the mayor said in a Facebook post on Monday.

Although footage of the shooting is not available, since the officers involved in the incident didn't turn them on, three sources with knowledge of the incident told the Tribune a squad vehicle pulled into the neighborhood and shot Damond, "in her pajamas".

"So it's hard for me to wrap my head around why this would happen to her."

"Justine was one of the most peaceful, calm, helpful people I have ever met", they wrote. "Questions I hope and anticipate will be answered in the next few days".

"I share your questions and concerns and continue to seek answers".

Three sources told the Star-Tribune on Sunday that two officers in one police auto pulled into the alley. The officer in the passenger seat then fatally shot Damond, the neighbors said.

"Basically my mom's dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know", he told The Star Tribune of Minneapolis.

Ms Damond was fatally shot in the abdomen by rookie police officer Mohamed Noor late on Saturday night after reporting a suspected sexual assault outside her home in Minneapolis
United States police shoot Australian woman who called for help

"I demand answers. I'm so done with all this violence".

"Next thing I know, they take my best friend's life", he said. Tragically, a woman was fatally shot when one of the officers discharged their weapon.

Birkholz said through her classes, Damond could help people work their way through illnesses and other life problems with the help of meditation.

Ms Damond, who also went by the name Justine Ruszczyk, was engaged to be married. Don Damond had been on a business trip at the time of the shooting.

The deceased was identified as Justine Damond.

Justine Damond attended high school in Australia and graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree in 2002, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Damond's personal website says she trained as a veterinarian and practised yoga and meditation for 17 years.

"We are so sad to report the tragic shooting of Justine Damond", the community's post said.

She has been described as an "incredible woman" and a "brilliant, well-known, local healer".

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