On Saturday night, Minneapolis police responded to a call placed by an Australian mom who was engaged to be married to an American next month. The woman placed the call to report suspicious activity in the area, but when the tandem police officers arrived, something terrible happened.
The woman, identified as Justine Damond, 40, was shot and killed by one of the police officers. According to Fox 9, she had called to report an assault.
“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.”
So far, no video has been found that documents the incident. The pair of police officers had not activated their body cams during the call, according to police. They have both been placed on administrative leave.
Damond was an Australian national and an instructor with the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community. She is survived by a son, Zach Damond, 22.
“Basically, my mom’s dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know,” Zach Damond told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I demand answers. If anybody can help, just call police and demand answers. I’m so done with this violence.”
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has called the shooting “tragic,” while others across the country have offered their condolences.
“Sadly, we now [mourn the life of] Justine, a white woman living in southwest Minneapolis—who simply notified the police about an assault she was concerned about,” said Michelle Gross, from Communities United Against Police Brutality, in a statement. “She was being a good neighbor! And she lost her life being a good neighbor.”
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