US police shoot woman after she reports suspected sex assault

US police shoot woman after she reports suspected sex assault

"Basically my mum's dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know".

Justine Damond, 40, was shot and killed on Saturday night by a Minneapolis police officer, the Star Tribune reports.

The officers' body cameras were turned off at the time of the shooting.

Although footage of the shooting is not available, since the officers involved in the incident didn't turn them on, three sources with knowledge of the incident told the Tribune a squad auto pulled into the neighborhood and shot Damond, "in her pajamas".

Citing three unidentified sources with knowledge of the incident, the Star Tribune reported that an officer, sitting in the driver's seat of a squad auto, was speaking with Damond when the officer seated in the car's passenger seat pulled his gun and shot her.

Officer Mohamed Noor was one of two officers who responded to Damond's 9-1-1 call.

"Our lives are forever changed as a result of knowing her", he said.

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


Alison Monaghan, a friend who trained Ms Damon in alternative therapies, told the ABC she was "the most handsome person", who moved to the U.S. to "follow her heart" for a "new life".

Speaking about his fiancee's death, Don Dammond said, "She touched so many people with her loving and generous heart". The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting, including whether any video footage exists and why officers' cameras were not operating, ABC News reported. Both officers had their body cameras turned off, authorities said.

Ms Damond, is from Sydney, and had been engaged to marry an American man, Don Damond, in August.

Damond was an Australian native and had already begun using her fiance's surname.

"We have few facts at this point", she said.

Investigators are seeking video of the incident.

In a statement released by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the family of the woman - whom Minneapolis authorities haven't identified yet - says this is a hard time. Mr. Damon was on a business trip at the time. According to a law enforcement source, Damond was standing at the driver's side window when Noor opened fire from the passenger seat.

Around 200 people held a vigil outside her home following the shooting.

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