BCA Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Minneapolis

Posted July 18, 2017

The officers responded to the call and pulled into an alley where Damond approached them in her pajamas to explain her call, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The Star Tribune reports that one of the responding officers opened fire through the driver's side window of his squad auto, fatally striking Justine.

"Basically my mom's dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know", he said in the video, posted to the Facebook page for Women's March Minnesota.

Authorities told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

Justine's bio on the website says she was "originally trained as a Veterinary Surgeon".

Last Wednesday, Minnesota's KSTP TV published an investigation indicating Minneapolis police officers aren't using body cameras as much as they should.

Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges said she meant to find out why the officers' body cameras were not turned on.

"We are so sad to report the tragic shooting of Justine Damond", the community's post said.

"Officers were dispatched. When officers responded, an officer-involved shooting occurred, which resulted in one adult female victim who is deceased and which has prompted our callout to the BCA [Bureau of Criminal Apprehension]". "And if anybody can help just call the police and demand answers".

"I also want to assure you that I understand why so many people have so many questions at this point", Harteau said.

"If you aren't getting information from the City, it's not because we're shirking our commitment to transparency", she added on Monday morning.

The bride-to-be would have tied the knot in August with her fiancé Don Damond, according to her fiancé's son.

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The former veterinarian became a yoga instructor, personal health and life coach and meditation teacher. Her maiden name was Justine Ruszczyk.

Neither Minnesota police nor the medical examiner's office identified the woman on Monday.

Justine Ruszczyk called 911 on Saturday night because she thought a sexual assault might be taking place in a back alley near her home, the source said. "My heart goes out to everyone in the community, especially the family of the woman that was shot".

"We have few facts at this point", she said.

"Investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the incident exists".

"I'm so done with all this violence", he said.

They said the BCA would be releasing further information as soon as possible.

She had lived in the States for three years and worked as "a spiritual healer".

One of Damond's friends, Ella Davis-Suggs, said on Facebook that Damond, a resident speaker at LHSC, "always had a profound message and loved going 'down the rabbit hole".

About 200 people gathered on the scene of the shooting for a vigil on Sunday night.

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