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Don Damond describes final call as godmother says Justine hoped to return to Australia due to fears of US gun violence
The fiance of Justine Damond, the woman killed by a Minneapolis police officer, is haunted by their last conversation.
On the night of 15 July, she called to tell him she heard what voiced like a rape happening in the alleyway behind their home.
I have played this over in my head over and over, Don Damond told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Why didnt I stay on the phone with her?
He told her to call 911 and they talked until she said police arrived, where reference is told her Stay set, call me back, in agreement with the Tribune.
Justine would never call back. When a Minneapolis squad car with policemen Matthew Harrity and Mohamed Noor drove southward down the alleyway with its illuminations to turn, she went out to greet them. According to the testimony Harrity provided investigators, “hes in” the drivers seat and was startled by a loud noise in the moment before Damond approached the car.
Noor, who was in the passenger seat, fired his handgun, aiming across his partner and through the open window, according to documents released by researchers. Damond was hit once in the abdomen. Policemen performed CPR for about 10 minutes before pronouncing her dead at the scene.
Damonds death has elicited outrage in the US and Australia, where the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, called it shocking and inexplicable. On Friday, Minneapolis police chief Jane Harteau resigned at the request of the mayor, Betsy Hodges, who said the chief had lost the confidence of the people in the consequences of the the shooting.