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Australian Woman shot dead in her pajamas by police after she called 911 to report a disturbance

July 17, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Australian Woman shot dead in her pajamas by police after she called 911 to report a disturbance

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Minnesota law enforcement officials say an Australian woman was shot and killed in an officer-related shooting in Minneapolis on Sunday.

Reports indicate 40-year-old Justine Damond, a native of Australia, called police on Saturday evening just before midnight about a possible disturbance in an alley behind her Minneapolis home.

Damond approached a police patrol car with two officers inside responding to the 911 call near the driveway of her home.

Damond called police to report a noise in an alley near her home in South Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Saturday

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Australian woman was dressed in her pajamas when she walked to the driver’s side door and began talking to the officer behind the wheel.

Sources told the newspaper that at some point the officer in the passenger seat brandished his weapon and shot Damond through the driver’s side door.

The alley was well lit, and police officials found no weapon at the scene.

Justine Damond (pictured) with her soon-to-be husband and step-son was shot dead in her pyjamas by Minneapolis Police after calling 911 to report a disturbance

Officials said both officers had mounted body cameras but were not turned on and the patrol car dashboard camera failed to capture the shooting.

Heartbroken friends and relatives told the Star Tribune that Damond, who worked as a corporate speaker and spiritual healer, was to be married in August to Don Damond, 50, a local businessman.

Zach Damond, the victim’s soon-to-be stepson, who returned home to discover the crime scene, expressed his outrage hours after the shooting.

When police arrived at her home at around 11.30pm, ‘one officer fired their weapon, fatally striking the woman’ as she reportedly stood near driveway

“Basically my mom’s dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know,” Zach Damond said. “I demand answers. If anybody can help, just call police and demand answers. I’m so done with all this violence.”

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting.

“As Mayor of our City, a wife, and a grandmother, I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by what occurred last night. There are still many questions about what took place, and while the investigation is still in its early stages, I am asking the BCA to release as much information, as quickly as they are able to.” Hodges said in a statement on Sunday.

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