Father Demands Justice for Damond's Shooting Death

July 18, 2017 11:41 AM

The father of an Australian woman who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police is demanding justice for his daughter's death.

John Ruszczyk told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday that his daughter, Justine Damond, "was a beacon to all of us." He then asked that "the light of justice shine down on the circumstances of her death."


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"We thought yesterday was our worst nightmare, but we awoke to the ugly truth and it hurt even more," Ruszczyk said. "Justine, our daughter, was so special to us and to so many others."

Ruszczyk said his grieving family went to a local Sydney beach Tuesday morning and "saw the blackness change to light."

Authorities have released no details about what led to the shooting.

A Hennepin County Medical Examiner's autopsy report, released Monday night, indicates Damond died from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, and that the manner of death was a homicide.

A source with direct knowledge of the shooting said Monday an officer, identified as Mohamed Noor, fired at least once, killing the woman. The source said that Noor was sitting in the passenger seat at the time of the shooting and reportedly shot across his partner, identified as Matthew Harrity, who was the driver of the squad at the time.

According to city records, Noor had three complaints on file.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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