As the investigation into the shooting death of Justine ‘Ruszczyk‘ Damond continues, disturbing details regarding the fateful incident which claimed the life of the Australian national are beginning to surface, subsequently providing the public with far more questions than answers.
As we have previously reported, Damond was shot and killed late Saturday evening by authorities responding to a 911 call she had placed.
During a press conference regarding the matter, Minneapolis Police Department Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo refused to elaborate on the case due to the pending investigation, however, confirmed that a woman was killed by officers responding to an ‘unknown trouble‘ call.
From Bad to Worse
While it has already been confirmed that the body cameras of both officers involved were turned off at the time of the fatal shooting and the vehicle’s dash camera was unable to capture footage of the incident, the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s latest report makes this bad situation look worse for the officers involved.
Via the Minneapolis Star Tribune
Three sources with knowledge of the incident said Sunday that two officers in one squad car, responding to the 911 call, pulled into the alley. Damond, in her pajamas, went to the driver’s side door and was talking to the driver. The officer in the passenger seat pulled his gun and shot Damond through the driver’s side door, sources said. No weapon was found at the scene.
“Two Minneapolis police officers responded to a 911 call of a possible assault just north of the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue S. just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday,” the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a news release. “At one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman.
“I have questions about why the bodycams weren’t on,” [Mayor Betsy Hodges] said.
Arradondo confirmed that the officer bodycam program is fully rolled out in Minneapolis but declined to say more about why there is no footage of the shooting.
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One of the details that is troubling people close to Justine is that family members say she is the person who called police in the first place, and it was to report a crime. The Star Tribune’s report of how the shooting allegedly unfolded – with Justine Damond in her pajamas talking to an officer – raises new concerns. The newspaper is reporting that a weapon was not found at the scene.
According to The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, family members said she “called 911 to report a possible assault in the alley Saturday night.”
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From Justine Damond’s home in the middle of the block, she “would have had to walk a little more than 100 yards to get to the end of the alley,” The Star-Tribune reported, adding that neighbors said the alley was well-lit.
We will continue to update on this story as new details surface.