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

Authorities have not released the woman’s name, but it was confirmed by people at the scene.

Minneapolis police confirmed that the two officers involved are on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

The shooting was called “tragic” by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, who held a news conference about it at City Hall late Sunday afternoon, appearing with assistant Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Linea Palmisano, who represents the 13th Ward on the City Council.

“I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by the fatal officer-involved shooting that happened last night,” Hodges said.

“I know the neighborhood well,” said Hodges, who represented the area for eight years as a City Council member.

“We have few facts at this point,” she said. “I want to know more. I call on the BCA to share as much information with all of us as quickly as they can.

“I have questions about why the bodycams weren’t on,” she said.

Arradondo confirmed that the officer bodycam program is fully rolled out in Minneapolis but declined to say more about why there is no footage of the shooting.

Zach Damond, 22, whose father, Don, 50, was to be married to Justine in August, arrived at the scene with a close family friend about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. While the couple were not yet married, Justine referred to herself as Damond on her personal website. Her maiden name was Justine Ruszczyk.

“Basically, my mom’s dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know,” Zach Damond said, referring to Justine. “I demand answers. If anybody can help, just call police and demand answers. I’m so done with all this violence.”

Damond said Justine called police after she “heard a sound in the alley.”

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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?