BCA Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Minneapolis

Justine Ruzczyk with her fiance Don Damond and his son

However, sources told Star Tribune that Damond had met the officers outside of her home and was speaking with the officer in the driver's seat when an officer sitting in the passenger seat shot her through the door.

No weapons were recovered at the scene, the newspaper reported.

'At one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman.

The BCA release said the investigation into the incident was in its early stages and that investigation is not expected to be completed Sunday.

As the grieving community in south Minneapolis waited for answers and more information on the incident, they also focused on honoring Damond. The detectives said they're trying to figure out if any video evidence of what happened exists.

The Hennepin county medical examiner told HuffPost that they could confirm the death of Ruszczyk, but could not release the cause of her death. The officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, following standard procedure, according to the Star Tribune.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that a citizen of the country had been killed, but declined to identify her until her family had been notified, according to a statement obtained by HuffPost Australia.

"As Mayor of our City, a wife, and a grandmother, I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by what occurred last night", she wrote on Facebook.

"We have few facts at this point", she said Sunday at a news conference. "I want to know more".

They said the BCA would be releasing further information as soon as possible.

"I have questions about why the bodycams weren't on", she said. The department's policy allows for a range of situations in which officers are supposed to do so, including "any contact involving criminal activity" and before use of force. It happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday near 51st Street and Washburn Avenue. Her maiden name was Justine Ruszczyk.




"I just know she heard a sound in the alley so then she called the police and the cops showed up".

"I'm so done with all this violence, it's so much bulls-t".

Damond was out of town on a business trip at the time of the incident.

There are three lights mounted on telephone poles along that route plus nine motion-detector lights on garages, and neighbors said the alley is well-lit at night.

A man who identified himself as Damond's stepson said she was killed after calling police to report a possible crime.

"It was a hard decision for her to make", her close pal Eloise King told the Sydney Morning Herald Monday.

Don Damond can be viewed on his LinkedIn page, and Justine's LinkedIn page is now unavailable. I'm just done, f*** the police.

More than 300 people gathered for a vigil on Sunday evening near the site of the shooting.

She lived in the area with her fiancé and son, teaching meditation classes that her students say never failed to bring a little bit of joy into their day.

Her website describes her as a spiritual healer with the ability to help clients access their "unlimited potential for personal transformation".

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