No explanation has yet been offered for the death of Justine Damond, a 40-year-old Australian woman who called 911 to report a possible crime only to be killed by a responding Minneapolis police officer. The Sydney Morning Herald called the case an “American Nightmare.”
The death of Justine Damond, who called 911 to report a possible crime only to be killed by a responding Minneapolis police officer, has left her grieving family, neighborhood and nation demanding answers in the latest police-involved shooting to thrust Minnesota into the international spotlight, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Damond called to report a possible assault in the alley behind her house in one of the city’s safest neighborhoods and was unarmed when officer Mohamed Noor shot her. Amid a public outpouring of grief and outrage, Police Chief Janeé Harteau called on the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to perform a speedy investigation.
The Hennepin County medical examiner said that Damond, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Noor’s attorney, Thomas Plunkett, said Noor “takes these events very seriously.” No weapon was found at the scene, creating even more mystery about how Damond’s call to police ended in one of the responding officers fatally shooting her. The Damond shooting is front-page news across her native Australia, and correspondents from major news outlets in the country flew to Minneapolis to cover it. The Sydney Morning Herald’s headline yesterday was “American Nightmare.”