Partner Of Aussie Woman Shot Dead In The US Speaks

"Basically my mom's dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know", he told the Star Tribune. She was living in the USA for three years with her fiancé Don Damond, 50, and was preparing to marry him in August.

The details of how Noor came to fatally shoot Damond while responding to her 911 call remain unclear. The officers' body cameras were not turned on during the shooting, and the squad-car camera did not capture it, according to the BCA.

Justine Damond, a Sydney woman who'd been living with her fiancé and son in Minneapolis, was shot dead after calling 911 to report an alleyway attack.

The officer who shot Damond has been identified as Mohamed Noor, 31, according to the New York Times.

"America sucks, these cops need to be trained differently and I need to move out of here", an emotional Mr Damond said.

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

"This woman was a lovely light, she was a healer".

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The case is now being investigated by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the two officers involved are on paid administrative leave. If a body camera isn't turned on before use of force, it's supposed to be turned on as soon as it's safe to do so. The Star Tribune reported that Justine went by her to-be married name instead of her maiden name, Justine Ruszczyk. "Investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the incident exists", the statement added.

Justine Damond with fiance Don and soon-to-be stepson Zack. She reportedly held dual citizenship in both the United States and Australia, as her father is a USA citizen.

Damond and her fiancé lived in the 5000 block of Washburn, neighbors told the StarTribune.

The woman's family in Australia released a statement through the country's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, saying it's a "very hard time", according to NBC News. The police officer who shot her was wearing a body camera, but officials said the camera was not on at the time of the shooting. Don returned from a business trip on Sunday.

They also put out a brief statement on behalf of the woman's family.

Meanwhile, a vigil held for Damond draws more than 300 people.

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