Justine Damond shooting: Family plead for answers after woman shot by police


"Basically my mum is dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know, and I demand answers".

The father of a 40-year-old Australian woman killed last weekend by a Minneapolis police officer is calling on investigators to release more information about the moments leading to his daughter's death.

Don Damond, the husband-to-be, of Aussie woman Justine Damond, who was shot dead in the U.S., has spoken of his grief and demanded answers. But when police arrived, an officer fatally shot her. Police have not explained what happened and the officers' body cameras were turned off at the time.

While at the driver's door and talking to one officer, passenger Officer Mohammad Noor, with his firearm already drawn, allegedly shot her through the door.

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

"I know the neighborhood well", said Ms Hodges, who represented the area for eight years as a City Council member, The Star Tribunereported.

"Sadly her family and I have been provided with nearly no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived", Damond said.

According to the standard procedure, the two officers involved in the incident are on paid administrative leave, the Minneapolis Police confirmed. According to Reuters, the officers' body cameras were not switched on.

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Officer Noor is then said to have have fired his weapon though the window, killing Ms Damond.

"We are so sad to report the tragic shooting of Justine Damond", officials with the center wrote in a Facebook post.

Damond, a trained veterinarian who also worked as a yoga instructor and life coach, was planning to get married to her fiance, Don Damond, in August.

The woman's family in Australia released a statement through the country's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, saying it's a "very hard time", according to NBC News.

"We're too far away, we can't go over and tell him we love him and how much we miss her", said Sterlace.

The son of Damond's fiancé addressed the shooting in a live Facebook video Sunday afternoon. Don returned from a business trip on Sunday.

The woman's name was not released Sunday morning pending notification of family.