Australian woman Justine Damond shot dead by Minneapolis police after calling 911 to report an assault

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An Australian bride-to-be was shot dead by a US police officer after she called 911 to report an assault near her home, her family has said.

Justine Damond, previously known as Justine Ruszczyk, was shot through the door of a squad car after she had gone outside in her pyjamas, it is claimed.

Two officers reportedly responding to her 911 call pulled into the alley near the home she shared with her fiance, Don Damond, who she was to marry in August.

The 40-year-old, who moved from Sydney to Minneapolis to be with Mr Damond, is believed to have gone to the driver’s door to talk to the driver.

The officer’s body camera was not turned on at the time, raising questions from the woman’s family and Minneapolis’ mayor.

Mr Damond’s 22-year-old son Zac released a video saying: “Basically, my mom’s dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know.

“I demand answers. If anybody can help, just call police and demand answers. I’m so done with all this violence.”

The city’s mayor, Betsy Hodges, said she was “heartsick and deeply disturbed” over the incident and promised a full investigation.

She said “We all want to know more. I want to know more.”

I have a lot of questions – questions like why the body cameras weren’t on.”

Minneapolis police said in a statement they were called to a “possible assault” at around 11.30pm on Saturday and that “at one point an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman”.

Police and Hodges referred questions about the details of the shooting and the investigation to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), which is handling the case.

They said the BCA would be releasing further information as soon as possible. 

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