A woman who called 911 to report a possible assault in the alley behind her home was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer Saturday.(KMSP)
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Monday, July 17, 2017, 4:08 AM
A 40-year-old Australian woman was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer Saturday.
Justine Damond, from Sydney, Australia, called 911 to report a possible assault in the alley behind her home, the Star Tribune reported.
Two cops responded to the scene in one police vehicle. The officer in the passenger seat raised a weapon and shot Damond through the driver's side window, sources familiar with the incident said, the media outlet reported.
"Two Minneapolis police officers responded to a 911 call of a possible assault just north of the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue S, just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday," the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a news release. "At one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman," it read.
"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 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 woman was not named by police but people at the scene confirmed her identity, the Star Tribune reported.
The officers' body cameras were not turned on and the squad camera did not capture the incident.
Investigators are working to determine whether any video of the incident exists.
It's not clear why the officers' body cameras were off.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges also questioned the circumstances. "I have questions about why the bodycams weren't on," she said in a press conference Sunday.
Justine Damond was engaged to Don Damond, 50, whose 22-year-old son, Zach Damond, was at the scene Sunday morning.
"Basically, my mom's dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know," he told the Star Tribune. "I demand answers. If anybody can help, just call police and demand answers. I'm so done with all this violence," he said.
Zach said Justine called police after she "heard a sound in the alley," which neighbors described as being well-lit at night.
They also described Justine as "a beautiful light" who was "so in love" with her fiance.
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