Woman Shot and Killed by Police After Calling 911 to Report Possible Assault

A yoga and meditation teacher living in Minneapolis was shot and killed by police after she called 911 to report a possible assault in an alley behind her home.

The woman was identified by family as Australian native Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a trained veterinarian who moved to Minneapolis to be with her fiancé, Don Damond.

The pair planned to marry next month, and Damond, 40, had already taken her fiancé’s last name.

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On Monday, the officer was named as Mohamad Noor, who’s reportedly been with Minneapolis Police Department for two years.

His attorney, Tom Plunkett, released a statement to CBS Minnesota.

“Officer Noor extends his condolences to the family and anyone else who has been touched by this event,” it said in part. “He takes their loss seriously and keeps them in his daily thoughts and prayers. He came to the U.S. at a young age and is thankful to have had so many opportunities. He takes these events very seriously because for him being a police officer is a calling.”

He was one of two Minneapolis police officers who responded to a 911 call of a possible assault north of the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue South, at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a press release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

“At one point an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman,” the release said.

It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting.

Neither officer had their body cameras on when the woman was killed. In addition, their squad car’s camera did not capture footage of the shooting, authorities said.

All Minneapolis police officers have worn body cameras since late 2016.

“I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by the fatal officer-involved shooting,” Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said a news conference Sunday. “We all want to know more; I want to know more… I have a lot of questions about why the body cameras weren’t on, questions that I hope…

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