A Minneapolis man who says he’s heartbroken and “devastated” after his bride-to-be was shot and killed by police this weekend is “desperate for information” in the shooting.
Here’s what we know about the deadly Saturday encounter.
Just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday, two Minneapolis police officers “responded to a 911 call of a possible assault,” and “at one point an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman,” according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), the lead investigating agency.
The BCA said the 911 call will not be released until the investigation is over.
The officers’ body cameras were not turned on at the time of the shooting and the squad camera didn’t capture what happened, the BCA said, adding that “investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the incident exists.”
“When the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for review,” the bureau said.
The two officers involved are on paid administrative leave, the Minneapolis Police Department said.
The medical examiner’s office has not yet released the victim’s identity, but the Minneapolis Star Tribune said she was 40-year-old Justine Damond, an Australian woman living in Minneapolis with her fiancé, Don Damond.
“Her maiden name was Justine Ruszczyk,” the Star Tribune said, adding, “While the couple were not yet married, Justine referred to herself as Damond on her personal website.”
Damond’s website says she was a yoga instructor, a personal health and life coach and a “meditation teacher, embracing and teaching the neuro-scientific benefits of meditation.”
Don Damond was overcome with emotion as he spoke to reporters in Minnesota this afternoon.
He said Justine Damond called 911 Saturday evening reporting what she believed was an active sexual assault occurring nearby.
He said his fiancée’s death is “a loss to everyone who knew her.”
“She touched so many people with her loving and generous heart. She was a teacher to so many and living a life of openness, love, and kindness,” he said. “Our lives are forever changed as a result of knowing her. She was so kind and so darn funny. … It is difficult to fathom how to go forward without her in my life.”
Family friend Julie Reed read a statement on behalf of Justine Damond’s family at a press conference in Australia.
“She was treasured and loved and we will really miss her,” Reed said.