U.S. police kill Australian woman in unexplained shooting

Jul 19, 2017, 00:34
U.S. police kill Australian woman in unexplained shooting

"Basically, my mom's dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know", Damond said.

The family of a Minneapolis woman who was shot and killed by police Saturday evening wants answers from the authorities.

Don Damond, the husband-to-be, of Aussie woman Justine Damond, who was shot dead in the USA, has spoken of his grief and demanded answers.

The stepson of an Australian woman shot dead by U.S. police is demanding answers after it was revealed the two officers involved had not turned on their body cameras.

"I share the same questions other people have about why we don't have body camera footage of it, and I hope to get answers to that in the days coming", said Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges at a news conference on the incident.

Although Minneapolis police officers are required to wear a body camera, the responding officers did not have theirs on, according to the release. Damond, who was in her pajamas, went to the driver's side door to talk to the officer.

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Noor is a second-year officer who was the department's first Somali-American hire.

"Peace flowed through her", said neighbor Melinda Barry.

Joan Hargrave, a neighbour of Ms Damond, said: "I would call her just a deep, kind-hearted person".

The friend told The Star Tribune the woman worked as "a spiritual healer", remembering her as "the most loving woman". She said the two officers involved are on paid administrative leave. According to Reuters, the officers' body cameras were not switched on.

Officials said an officer "fired their weapon" and killed the woman.

Justine and Don were to marry in August, and though they were not yet married, Justine chose to use his last name, and Don's son, Zach Damond, 22, referred to Justine as his mother.

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An American man has reacted with shock after his Australian fiancee was shot dead by a USA police officer she approached while wearing her pyjamas.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that it was a hard time for the family, who were trying to come to terms with the tragedy.

He is reported to have been away on a business trip when she died.

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

He told local media the family have received "almost no additional information from law enforcement" about what happened.

Meanwhile, a vigil held for Damond draws more than 300 people.

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