Minnesota officials probing why woman who called 911 was fatally shot by police
Damond, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, had taken the name of her American fiance Don. She had originally studied to be a veterinarian but owned a meditation and life-coaching company in Minneapolis, according to her personal website. U.S. and Australian media gave her age as 40.
‘I demand answers’
In a statement given to media in Sydney, family friend Julie Reed said the couple had been due to marry.
Zach Damond, who had already taken to calling his father’s future bride “mom,” told the Minneapolis Star Tribune she called the police because she heard a sound in the alley outside her house.
“Basically, my mom’s dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know,” the newspaper quoted him as saying. “I demand answers.”
The Star Tribune quoted three sources it did not name as saying Damond was in her pyjamas when the police car responding to her 911 call pulled into the alley.
She approached the driver’s side of the vehicle and was shot through the door, the newspaper said.
Both officers who responded to the 911 call have been placed on administrative leave, the Star Tribune quoted police as saying.
Minneapolis police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.