Woman about to get married shot to death by Minneapolis police officers after she called 911 for help
July 17, 2017
(NATIONAL) -- An Australian woman living in the U.S. who was about to get married made a mistake. She called 911 for help.
Justine Damond, 40, yoga teacher and spiritual healer shot to death by police. Photo: YouTube. CLICK TO ENLARGE
A short time later she was shot to death by police.
Shot to death by officers who reportedly did not have their "body cams" turned on as they are required to do, according to a report in the New York Times.
The newspaper reported that Justine Damond, 40, was fatally shot overnight Saturday by a Minneapolis police officer who did not have his body camera turned on.
She was shot as officers were responding to her 911 call of an assault near her home. The report says she was engaged to be married next month to an America man.
The Times report says police officials "were looking into the circumstances of the shooting and why the officers were not using their body cameras, as required in such encounters."
A short police statement said that "officers responded to a 911 call of a possible assault...just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday,” and at "one point an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman.”
The details of why the officer fired were not provided. The statement did say the officers’ body cameras were not turned on at the time "and the squad camera did not capture the incident."
The report quotes Betsy Hodges, the mayor of Minneapolis, as saying, "I have questions about why the body cams weren’t on...as mayor of our city, a wife, and a grandmother, I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by what occurred last night,” in a post on Facebook.
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Ms. Damon worked as a yoga teacher and spiritual healer.
Report says Damond fatally shot through door of police car
The Minneapolis Star Tribune in report published today said the shooting of Ms. Damon happened "at the end" of an alley in her neighborhood and that, "Three sources with knowledge of the incident said Sunday that two officers in one squad car, responding to the 911 call, pulled into the alley. Damond, in her pajamas, went to the driver’s side door and was talking to the driver. The officer in the passenger seat pulled his gun and shot Damond through the driver’s side door, sources said. No weapon was found at the scene."
A police statement said the investigation is in its early stages and that," More information will be available once initial interviews with incident participants and any witnesses are complete...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 newspaper report said from her home in the middle of the block, Justine Damond would have had to walk a little more than 100 yards to get to the end of the alley where she was shot to death.
"There are three lights mounted on telephone poles along that route plus nine motion-detector lights on garages, and neighbors said the alley is well-lit at night," said the report.