MINNEAPOLIS — The fiance of a yoga instructorover the weekend gave an emotional statement to the media Monday, saying, “our hearts are broken.”
Details about what led to the shooting are beginning to emerge, with authorities saying that officers were responding to a 911 call about a possible assault when the woman was killed.
A law enforcement source said it’s unclear why the officer discharged his weapon, CBS News’ Pat Milton reports. The officer apparently had his gun drawn when the two officers arrived at the scene in the cruiser.
The driver’s side window was open and the bullet traveled past the officer seated in the driver’s seat and through the open window. It hit a woman standing at the window, but it’s unclear if the woman was talking to the officers at the time or had just approached the window, Milton adds.
Minneapolis authorities have not released the woman’s name. The Star Tribune identified her as Justine Damond, 40, from Sydney, Australia. Friends and neighbors also identified her as Justine Damond, CBS Minnesota reports. Milton reports that the incident occurred in an affluent neighborhood.
The Star Tribune reported that she was engaged to be married and had already taken her fiance’s last name. Her maiden name was Justine Ruszczyk.
Citing three people with knowledge of the shooting it did not name, the newspaper said Damond had been the one to call 911 about a possible assault in the alley behind her house. On Monday, her fiance Don Damond said she had been reporting “what she believed was an active sexual assault occurring nearby.”
“Sadly, her family and I have been provided with almost no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived,” Don Damond told reporters. “We’ve lost the dearest of people and we are desperate for information. Piecing together Justine’s last moments before the homicide would be a small comfort as we grieve this tragedy.”
He said Justine was “a teacher to so many” who “touched so many people with her loving and generous heart.”
“She was so kind, and so darn funny, she made all of us laugh with her great wit and her humor,” he said. “It’s difficult to fathom how to go forward without her in my life.”
The woman’s family members released a statement Monday through Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, saying they “are trying to come to terms with this tragedy and to understand why this has happened.”
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