After calling 9-1-1 to report a possible assault in the alley behind her home, a bride-to-be was shot and killed by officers who arrived on the scene. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland).
MINNEAPOLIS — The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office says Justine (Ruszczyk) Damond died of a gunshot wound to her abdomen and ruled her death a homicide.
The Australian woman was shot and killed by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor late Saturday night in the alley behind her home as police responded to a suspected assault call.
Noor, a Somali-American police officer who has received recognition from the city’s mayor but also has two open complaints against him, was identified Monday as the shooter.
The coroner’s report was released Monday night after an emotional day filled with many questions and still few answers.
Damond’s fiancé spoke out Monday afternoon, saying he and his family are “utterly devastated,” by the loss of the 40-year-old woman.
Justine Damond, whose maiden name was Justine Ruszczyk, was engaged to be married and already had taken her fiance’s last name, according to the (Minneapolis) Star-Tribune.
Don Damond read a statement from the front lawn of his home saying he doesn’t know how to go on, now that she’s gone.
“Our hearts are broken,” he said. “And we are utterly devastated by the loss of Justine.”
Damond said Justine Damond initially called 911 to report what she believed was an active sexual assault occurring nearby.
“Sadly, her family and I have been provided almost no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived,” he said. “We lost the dearest of people and we are desperate for information.”
Details on what led the officer to fatally shoot the woman just before 11:30 p.m. CT Saturday remained unclear Monday.
The BCA reiterated that it does not determine whether a law enforcement agency policy was violated — that decision will be reviewed through the department’s internal affairs process.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau released a statement Monday afternoon saying, “This is clearly a tragic…