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The tragedy unraveled shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday local time (12:30 a.m. Sunday ET), when the police officers responded to call about a disturbance in southwest Minneapolis, officials said.
According to KARE’s sources, Noor shot across his partner, who was “stunned.” Noor has two open complaints from 2017 and 2016,
In a statement posted to the Minneapolis Police Department’s Twitter page, Chief Janeé Harteau said she “acknowledged the pain and frustration that family and community members” felt after the shooting.
“I also want to assure you that I understand why so many people have so many questions at this point. I have many of the same questions and it is why we immediately asked for an external and independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting death,” Harteau said. “I’ve asked for the investigation to be expedited to provide transparency and to answer as many questions as quickly as we can.”
According to the woman’s stepson, Zach Damond, she had called the police after hearing a noise near her home.
“My mom is dead, because a police officer shot her, for reasons I don’t know, and I demand answers” he said in a tearful
Facebook Live video. “I guess she thought that something bad was happening and, next thing I know, they take my best friends life.”
Damond was originally from Sydney, Australia, but lived with her fiancé in Minneapolis, according to
the Star Tribune. The couple were due to get married next month, the paper reported.
Her fiancé, Don Damond, told reporters Monday that he and the Ruszczyk family were heartbroken.
“We are utterly devastated by the loss of Justine,” he said, fighting back tears. “We have lost the dearest of people, and we are desperate for information.”
“It is difficult to fathom how to go forward without her in my life.”
Friends and neighbors described her as a “loving person” whose “whole mission in life was to help people with any problem,”
KARE reported. Her fiancé spoke of her “loving and generous heart,” her kindness, her “great wit” and her sense of humor.
statement on Facebook, Hodges said Sunday, “I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by what occurred last night. My thoughts are now with everyone affected by this tragic incident, especially the deceased woman and her family. The City will continue to provide updated information on this incident, and the BCA’s investigation, as soon as we have it.”
Last July, a suburban
Minneapolis police officer fatally shot a black man during a traffic stop, that was live-streamed on Facebook. Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot school cafeteria worker and licensed gun owner Philando Castile, 32, in front of his girlfriend and her young daughter, sparking outcry and protests.
Last month Yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter and other charges for killing Castile.
And Yanez was soon after given $48,500
buy-out package to leave the force, prompting even more outrage.