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Family: Woman Shot, Killed by Minneapolis Officer after Calling 911

July 17, 2017 01:33 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Relatives of an Australian woman who was fatally shot by police in Minneapolis say they've lost "a loving free spirit."

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Justine Damond was shot by an officer late Saturday night. The officer was responding to a 911 call about a possible assault. It's not clear what led to the shooting, which is being investigated by state authorities.

Damond spent some of her early childhood years in the Buffalo, New York, area. Peter Suffoletto, whose cousin John Ruszczyk is Damond's father, said she held dual Australian-U.S. citizenship and frequently returned to visit.

Suffoletto called Damond "a wonderful person that is lost." He said the family is beyond devastated and can't believe what happened.

Damond worked as a personal health and life coach and was engaged to be married.


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