Justine Damond called police just before midnight Saturday to report a possible assault in the alley behind her home. Two officers responded in a squad car and, the Star Tribune reported, Damond went to the driver’s door in her pajamas; the officer in the passenger seat fired, killing her. The death of the 40-year-old Australian woman who was due to be married next month prompted global outrage as well as questions on why the officers hadn’t turned on their body cameras in line with the department’s rules.
Minneapolis Police officials say they’re looking into the shooting and released a short statement with few details: “At one point an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman,” the statement read in part. “The officers’ body cameras were not turned on at the time and the squad camera did not capture the incident.”
Damond was engaged to be married next month to Don Damond, an American with whom she lived in the city’s Fulton neighborhood. She had already taken his last name (her maiden name was Ruszczyk). She had attended high school in Australia and graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in veterinary science in 2002. She moved to the U.S. in 2015 to be near her fiancé, and was studying and teaching yoga and meditation. Her website said she also worked as a personal-health and life coach.