“Basically, my mom’s dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know.” – Zach Damond
The Minneapolis community is outraged after a woman was fatally shot by police after she called to report a possible crime.
Damond, an Australian national and instructor with the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, was engaged to be married in August and has a son, according to Fox 9. Her fiance, identified by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, as Don Damond, was reportedly on his way home from a business trip.
Damond, whose maiden name was Ruszczyk but went by her fiance’s last name, called police after hearing a sound in a nearby alley, according to their son, Zach Damond, 22.
“Basically, my mom’s dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know,” Zach Damond told the Star-Tribune. “I demand answers. If anybody can help, just call police and demand answers. I’m so done with all this violence.”
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, at a press conference Sunday, called the shooting “tragic.”
Michelle Gross, a spokeswoman from Communities United Against Police Brutality stated, “Sadly we now [mourn the life of] Justine, a white woman living in southwest Minneapolis–who simply notified the police about an assault she was concerned about,” Gross continued, “She was being a good neighbor! And she lost her life being a good neighbor.”
The investigation is ongoing, and both officers involved have been placed on leave.
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