Watch: 'Justine was a beacon to all of us' – father of Aussie woman shot by US cop demands justice



Associated Press

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

Justine Damond was reportedly killed by an officer who fired from the passenger seat of a squad car.
Source: Associated Press

John Ruszczyk told reporters in Sydney today that his daughter, Justine Damond, "was a beacon to all of us, we only ask that the light of justice shine down on the circumstances of her death”.

Damond was shot by a Minneapolis police officer late on Saturday.

Ruszczyk said Damond was special to many people. 

The meditation teacher was reportedly killed by an officer who fired from the passenger seat of a squad car as the woman stood outside the driver's door.

Authorities released no details about what led to the shooting of Damond, whose fiance said she had called 911 to report what she believed was a sexual assault in an alley near her home.

Police said officers were responding to a call about a possible assault late Saturday when she was killed. 

There were no known witnesses other than the two officers in the squad car that showed up.

A newspaper report said Damond was shot while standing alongside the car in her pajamas.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office on Monday night said the woman died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. 

She was identified in the report by her maiden name, Justine Ruszczyk.      

The Star Tribune reported that she was engaged to be married in August and was using her fiance's last name.

Her death was ruled a homicide.

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