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Justine Damond 'Didn't Have to Die,' Says Minneapolis Police Chief in First Words on Shooting

Damond was shot multiple times by officer Mohamed Noor after she had called police to report a possible sexual assault outside of her home.

The head of the Minneapolis Police Department says that Australian woman Justine Damond did not have to die.

"On our squad cars you will find the words, 'To protect with courage and serve with compassion.' This did not happen. This did not happen".

The family of an Australian woman shot to death by a Minneapolis police officer has hired an attorney who represented the family of black motorist Philando Castile, who was also slain by a Minnesota police officer.

"I'm not sure if she's having sex or being raped", Damond told the 911 operator.

Police boss Janee Harteau spoke for the first time today after returning early from leave, saying "Justine didn't have to die".

There's an enormous demand for answers into the details of Justine Damond's death at the hand of Minneapolis police both here in Minnesota and in her native Australia. Bennett, who helped the family of black motorist Philando Castile reach a almost $3 million settlement after he was killed by a suburban police officer last summer, said the Minneapolis department's body camera policy, and how often the cameras are turned on, are among issues the family wants examined.

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The police chief was told by Damond's fiance that people are scared to call 911 following the deadly incident, CBS News' Jamie Yuccas reports.

WILLIAMS: One of the questions people want answered is why there's no video from the officer's body cameras or their squad auto.

"My expectation is that our policy is followed, ' she said".

"For a chief, this is a nightmare, not only to have an event like this occur but to not be here", she said in response to repeated questions from several reporters.

At one point, Harrity told investigators he was startled by a loud sound near the patrol auto. "These were the actions and judgments of one individual", she said.

Ms Harteau condemned Officer Noor's actions and distanced herself and her police department from him.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said forensic testing is being completed and evidence is still being examined before possible charges are brought.

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Noor has refused to be interviewed by authorities about the shooting, which has sparked outrage in Minneapolis and in Australia. "In the meantime, we ask that you give us time to grieve in private and to support each other at this very hard time", the statement said.

Originally from Sydney, she was engaged to marry her 50-year-old partner Don Damond.

She also vowed to strengthen the force's practices around the use of body cameras.

"It's not their community or our community, it's everybody's community and we are all one community and we all have to fight for justice", said Jeannine Myrvik, who lives in south Minneapolis.

"Harrity indicated that Officer Noor discharged his weapon, striking Ruszczyk through the open driver's side window", the agency said.

"There are questions that need to be answered", she said.

The department is reviewing its policy on when the cameras will be on, Harteau said.

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Damond's workplace described her "one of the most loving people you would ever meet". "She was just infectious, not just for me". The Department of Public Safety says investigations are in the early stages as police try to locate a footage of the shooting.

Ms. Hodges said on Thursday that "I expect body cams will be active the moment an officer begins responding to a call" and that they "should have been on in this case".

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