A horrifying incident took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Saturday that has thrown the entire country into mourning.
Daily Mail reported that an Australian woman dressed in her pajamas was gunned down by police after she called them to report a noise and possible assault. Justine Damond, who also used the name Justine Ruszczyk, was home on Saturday night when she called police to say that a possible assault was happening in the alley near her house.
Officers who did not have their body cameras on at the time arrived at the alley at around 11:30pm. Damond approached the vehicle when police arrived and began talking to the driver. Seconds later, an officer in the passenger seat pulled a gun and shot her through the drivers side door.
Damond had been living in the U.S. for three years and was set to marry American businessman Don Damond, 50, in August.
Her soon-to-be stepson Zach spoke out to slam the officers responsible for Damond’s death.
“Basically my mum’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. It’s so much bulls**t. America sucks. She was a very passionate woman, she thought something bad was happening – and next thing you know they take my best friend’s life.”
Damond’s family back in Australia also released a statement about her death.
“This is a very difficult time for our family. We are trying to come to terms with this tragedy and to understand why this has happened,” the statement read. “We will not make any further comment or statement and ask that you respect our privacy.”
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension released a brief statement saying that this incident is being investigated and that the two officers involved have been forced to take paid administrative leave, as is standard procedure following similar incidents.
We will update you further as this story develops.