Australian woman shot dead by United States police after calling 911

Three sources who spoke to the Star Tribune said that Justine Damond was outside in her pajamas talking to the officer in the driver's seat of the police auto, when Noor, who was sitting in the passenger seat, suddenly drew his weapon and shot her.

Both officers in the incident have been placed on administrative leave, the state BCA said.

Noor became the first Somali police officer "to patrol the 5th Precinct" when he joined the force in March 2015, the Star Tribune reported.

Justine Damond was shot to death after calling 911 to report a sexual assault nearby.

Officials said officers' body cameras were not turned on and a squad camera didn't capture the shooting. The meditation teacher and bride-to-be was killed by an officer who reportedly fired his weapon from the passenger seat of a squad auto.

His lawyer Tom Plunkett confirmed his identity and said in a statement that Mr Noor keeps (Ms Damond's family) in his daily thoughts and prayers.

Television station KSTP reported that city records show Noor had three complaints on file.

"This woman was a attractive light, she was a healer, she was loved, she should be alive - she should still be here", said a friend of Justine's.

The Star Tribune said the woman was Justine Damond, from Sydney, Australia.


Minneapolis Police Department Chief Janeé Harteau said on Twitter that she "acknowledged the pain and frustration that family and community members" felt after the shooting.

Nearly two days after her death, police have still offered no public explanation and referred questions to the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which was investigating. Damond spent some of her early childhood years in the Buffalo, New York, area.

Investigators in Minneapolis are looking into what lead to the fatal police shooting of an Australian woman as officers responded to a possible assault.

She said there are a lot of unanswered questions - many of which she's pushing to get the answers to as quickly as possible. "This is a tragedy-for the family, for a neighborhood I know well, and for our whole city". "I have numerous same questions and it is why we immediately asked for an external and independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting death".

He was recognized in May 2016 by Mayor Betsy Hodges, who called his assignment a "wonderful sign of building trust and community policing at work".

Alison Monaghan, a friend who trained Ms Damon in alternative therapies, told the ABC she was "the most lovely person", who moved to the U.S. to "follow her heart" for a "new life".

Ruszczyk had lived in the United States since April 2014, and was living with her fiancé at the time of her death, the source said.

"Our lives are forever changed as a result of knowing her, she was so kind and so darn amusing, she made us all laugh with her great wit and her humor", Don said. "And then the next thing I know they take my best friend's life", he said.


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