Community Awaits Answers in Fatal Minnesota Police Shooting

Community Awaits Answers in Fatal Minnesota Police Shooting

Justine Ruszczyk, a 40-year-old woman who had been living in the United States since 2014, was only a few weeks away from her wedding to fiancé Dan Damond when she was killed by police. She was living in the U.S. for three years with her fiancé Don Damond, 50, and was preparing to marry him in August.

The Star Tribune reports that police responded to reports of a possible assault about 11.30pm on Saturday, local time.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said Sunday that the shooting made her "heartsick" and "deeply disturbed".

The Star Tribune quoted three sources it did not name as saying Damond was in her pajamas when the police vehicle responding to her 911 call pulled into the alley. The meditation teacher and bride-to-be was killed by an officer who reportedly fired his weapon from the passenger seat of a squad vehicle.

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"Like you, I have a lot of questions", she said.

"I know the neighborhood well", said Ms Hodges, who represented the area for eight years as a City Council member, The Star Tribunereported.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee 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".

While tributes pour in for Ms Damond, remembering her as a teacher with a "loving and generous heart", a grieving Mr Damond says he doesn't know how to go on.

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The two officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave. Exact details weren't released but officials say an officer at some point fired a gun, killing the woman.

Damond was set to get married next month. She approached the driver's side door and started talking to the driver.

Zach Damond, 22, said she was engaged to marry his father Don Damond in August, although she had already taken his name.

According to her website, Ruszczyk trained as a veterinarian and later became a yoga instructor and life coach.

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The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs put out a brief statement on behalf of her family. Don Damond said that his family is "utterly devastated", and has still received little information about what transpired from the Minneapolis police. It was attempting to determine whether any video of the shooting exists.

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