Woman Who Called 911 Killed by Police in Minneapolis, Body Cams Turned Off


A 40-year-old woman who family members said called 911 to report a possible assault in the alley behind her home Saturday night was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer.

The shooting happened at the end of the alley on W. 51st Street between Washburn and Xerxes avenues S. in the city’s Fulton neighborhood.

The woman, Justine Damond, from Sydney, Australia, and her fiancé lived in the 5000 block of Washburn.

Three sources with knowledge of the incident said Sunday that two officers in one squad car, responding to the 911 call, pulled into the alley. Damond, in her pajamas, went to the driver’s side door and was talking to the driver. The officer in the passenger seat pulled his gun and shot Damond through the driver’s side door, sources said. No weapon was found at the scene.

“Two Minneapolis police officers responded to a 911 call of a possible assault just north of the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue S. just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday,” the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a news release. “At one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman.

“The BCA’s investigation is in its early stages. More information will be available once initial interviews with incident participants and any witnesses are complete. … The officers’ body cameras were not turned on at the time and the squad camera did not capture the incident. Investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the incident exists.”
The family of an Australian woman who was shot and killed by Minneapolis police says they’re trying to understand why it happened. The woman has not been identified. Officers shot her while responding to a call. Their body cameras were not on.

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  • Matt Begley

    It sounds like this could possibly bean an accidental shooting. Not enough info yet.

    • Bill the eighth

      Accidental? What? You claim the cop in the passenger seat always has his gun pointed at his partner? WTF dude?

  • Cromwell

    On an active call and no cameras. You know if cops EVER had to explain things this one would be kind of interesting. I’m sure they have already somehow been cleared but will receive a nice long fully paid vacay as they pretend they are doing a “full transparent and impartial investigation”.

  • michael92064

    Wow!……they won’t release the cops’ statements until they are sure there is no surveillance or cell phone video.

  • crazytrain2

    The body cameras were not on. Half a sentence later. The body cameras were not on.

    Yeah, we get it, the body cameras were not turned on. Probably because they had not even gotten out of the car yet to turn the cameras on. I have no idea why this woman was shot, and I doubt there is any information that will come out that will make this justified. I wonder if there is any footage from the body cameras?