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Minneapolis Police Shoot Woman (Photos)

| by Michael Doherty

A woman was shot and killed by Minneapolis police on July 15, after she reportedly called 911.

Justine Ruszcyzyk, 40, who went by the name Justine Damond, was shot after she called 911 to report a disturbance near her home, according to Jezebel.

The death of Justine, an Australian who worked as a yoga teacher and was described as a spiritual healer, was not recorded, because the police officers responding to the call had body cameras but they were reported to be turned off at the time, according to NBC News.

Sources with knowledge of the events reported that two officers responded to the call and pulled up in a vehicle. Justine was reported to be in her pajamas and approached the driver's side of the car, where she was speaking to the driver.

The officer in the passenger seat allegedly shot Justine through the driver's side door.

The officer who shot Justine has been identified as Mohamed Noor, the Daily Mail reports. Noor's lawyer, Tom Plunkett, confirmed his client had fired his gun the night Justine died.

"We take this seriously with great compassion for all persons who are being touched by this," said Plunkett.

Justine, who was originally from Sydney but had lived in the U.S. for three years, was engaged to American businessman Don Damond. The couple expected to marry in August.

Justine's 22-year-old stepson-to-be, Zach, posted a video online expressing his outrage over the shooting.

"Basically my mom's dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know," said Zach in a clip posted to the Women's March Minnesota Facebook page.

"I demand answers. If anybody can help, just call the police and demand answers," Zach added. "I'm so done with all this violence. It's so much bulls***. America sucks. These cops need to get trained differently."

"She was a very passionate woman, she thought something bad was happening -- and next thing you know they take my best friend's life," he said.

Hundreds of mourners protested at the site of the shooting the next day, demanding the police department offer answers as to why Justine was shot.

"Why did you shoot and kill our neighbor and friend?" read a sign that Zach shared in his Instagram post.

"This woman was a beautiful light, she was a healer, she was loved, she should be alive -- she should still be here," said a friend of Justine's.

"I only hope this evolves into something that can make a positive impact for the world," said friend Matt Omo.

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