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Officer in Minnesota shooting was celebrated in Somali community

Officer in Minnesota shooting was celebrated in Somali community

The Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in an alley shortly after she called 911 to report a possible crime is a Somali-American and father who felt called to work in law enforcement after getting a college degree in business. Originally from Australia, she was slated to be married next month. He is the general manager of a casino in Prior Lake.

Ruszczyk had called 911 about a possible assault near her house prior to the shooting.

"I'm not sure if she's having sex or being raped", Damond told the operator.

"Although disheartening, I understand the fear", Harteau said.

Before Ms Damond's death, Ms Harteau had already been battling community backlash in the wake of the shooting death of Mr Castile at the hands of police in neighbouring St Anthony.

Many told of not feeling safe enough to call 911 in the event of an emergency.

"We want to do everything we can in training and in policy to ensure that they're put on before an officer arrives at the scene, because one can never predict when something is going to happen", she said.

Justine Damond's family members in Australia say they want a resolution in her death.

"When they say a policeman shot an Australian lady I thought "Uh, oh" but then when they said who it was I was like, OK".

He said Ms Damond, who was in her pyjamas at the time, clearly did not pose a threat to the officers.

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Neither police nor the city of Minneapolis communications department would verify the authenticity of the Minnesota PoliceClips recording.

At one point, Harrity told investigators he was startled by a loud sound near the patrol auto. Immediately afterward, Ruszczyk approached the driver's side window of the squad.

"Harrity indicated that Officer Noor discharged his weapon, striking Ruszczyk through the open driver's side window", the agency said.

Ruszczyk's death has been ruled a homicide. Damond was pronounced dead 10 minutes later, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, killed by a gunshot wound to her abdomen.

The Minneapolis officers are both on standard administrative leave, pending the outcome of the probe.

However, he could be forced to give a statement if there's a garrity - where an employee can be ordered to give a statement. At one point, he lived alone in a sparse one-bedroom apartment, where he had a box of Lego blocks for his son, the documents said.

Since being hired, Bennett has been interviewed by a local police station, and he criticized Minneapolis's police force.

The family has sought answers.

The investigation into Justine Damond's killing by a police officer in the U.S. last week will be a test for the racial prejudices of the American justice system, says the pastor of a Minneapolis parish.

Mayor Betsy Hodges also wrote in a blog post that based on information that investigators have released publicly, "the fatal shooting of Justine Damond should not have happened". Damond's fiance Don, his son Zach and his mother Sharon Sebring stood side by side with the family of Philando Castile, the black man who was shot and killed by a police officer in Falcon Heights a year ago during a traffic stop.

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