Fiancé of Aussie woman shot in the States speaks out

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“We’ve lost the dearest of people."

The fiancé of the Aussie woman, Justine Ruszczyk Damond, shot dead by police in Minneapolis has spoken of his heartbreak.

Don Damond made an emotional statement saying his family is “utterly devastated”.

He is trying to piece together the moments leading up to Justine’s death as the police are not giving him a lot of information.

Damond says they have no answers as to why she died.

3AW reported that Damond says Justine called 911 to report a nearby sexual assault before being gunned down on Saturday when she heard noise in the alley behind the family home.  

Damond’s comments also reveal how quick the shooting happened and how the police responded.

“Our hearts are broken and we utterly devastated by the loss of Justine.

“As you know, it was Justine who called 911 on Saturday evening, reporting what she believed was an active sexual assault occurring nearby."

The call starts at just before 11:28pm on Saturday night, when Justine is reported to have called 911. reported a dispatcher can be heard directing officers to a “female screaming behind the building”.

Scratchy audio as been released of the police radio conversation to a Minnesota website that monitors the state’s police scanners and posts online.

The police audio begins with the description of a “female screaming behind the building”, believed to be what Ms Damond told the dispatcher in her initial 911 call.

The officers are heard communicating with their dispatcher over the police radio, including calling for back-up.

Mr Damond is demanding answers saying the family have been provided with “almost no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived.

“We’ve lost the dearest of people and we’re desperate for information.

“Piecing together Justine’s last moments before the homicide would be a small comforts as we grieve this tragedy.

“She touched so many people with her loving and generous heart. She was a teaching to so many and living a life of openness, love and kindness.

“She was so kind and so darn funny. It is difficult to fathom how to go forward without her in my life.”

Justine was a spiritual healer and meditation coach.

Written By Christina Cavaleri

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