Audio has emerged of the moments surrounding the fatal shooting of an Australian spiritual healer and meditation coach by police in an alley behind her home in Minneapolis.
Justine Damond, also known as Justine Ruszczyk before she took on the last name of her husband, who she had plans to marry next month, was shot and killed by a police officer after she called 911 to report an assault near her home.
In the police radio recording, the officers can be heard communicating with their dispatcher and calling for backup, as well as attempting to perform CPR on the Sydney-raised woman.
“Shots fired… we got one down,” an officer on the scene can be heard to say.
The audio, posted on the Minnesota Police Clips website, begins with the description of a “female screaming behind the building,” a potential reference to what Ms Damond told the dispatcher in her initial call to police.
Authorities are yet to release details about what led to Ms Damond’s shooting.
There were no known witnesses other than the two officers in the squad car. A newspaper report said Ms Damond was shot while standing alongside the car in her pyjamas.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office on Monday night said the woman died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Her death was ruled a homicide.
Ms Damond’s fiance, Don Damond, said the family has been given almost no additional information.
“We’ve lost the dearest of people, and we’re desperate for information,” he said. “Piecing together Justine’s last moments before the homicide would be a small comfort as we grieve this tragedy.”
Damond’s family members in Australia also released a statement through Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, saying they “are trying to come…