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Newly Revealed Audio Sheds Light on Final Moments of Yoga Teacher Shot Dead by Cop

Playing Newly Revealed Audio Sheds Light on Final Moments of Yoga Teacher Shot Dead by Cop

New details have emerged in the shocking death of a Minnesota yoga instructor who was shot dead by a police officer near her home.

Justine Damond, 40, who is known for her YouTube videos on yoga and meditation, was in her pajamas when she made the call to the police at 11:28 Saturday night to report a possible sexual assault.

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In an audio recording, a police dispatcher can be heard saying, "Female screaming behind the building," in regard to Damond's report.

When a squad car arrived just four minutes later, Damond was talking to the police officer on the driver side.

Moments after, the officer on the passenger side, Mohamed Noor, suddenly opened fire, killing the bride-to-be.

A police officer reached out to a dispatcher:

Officer: “Shots fired. Can we get EMS Code 3? We got one down.”

Dispatcher: “Acknowledged. Shots fired and one down.”

Officer: “I'm starting CPR.”

Dispatcher: “Copy. Starting CPR.”

Almost a minute later, the officer asks about EMS as the situation appears to become more dire.

Officer: “Where is EMS on this?”

Dispatcher: “EMS is coming. Rescue is coming.”

At least two shots were fired and an autopsy revealed Justine died from gunshot wounds to the abdomen. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Neighbors held a vigil for the new-age healer and a memorial of chalk-written hearts and messages were spread across Damond’s driveway. 

"She cared about everybody,” a neighbor said.

Noor became an officer in Minneapolis two years ago and was celebrated in the local press as the first Somali-American cop in his precinct, but there have been three complaints made against him.

One such complaint is contained in a lawsuit where it claimed that Noor grabbed a retired social worker’s right wrist, which left her injured.

Damond was to wed her 50-year-old fiancé, Don Damond, next month, but she had already taken his last name.

Don Damond was emotional as he spoke outside their home Monday.

“She touched so many people with her loving and generous heart,” he said. “It is difficult to fathom how to go forward without her in my life.”

Both of the responding officers were wearing body cameras at the scene, but neither was turned on.

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Minneapolis cops were all issued body cameras following the fatal shooting of a black motorist, Philando Castille, last year.

Damond, originally from Australia, came to America three years ago. Her death is making headlines in her native Sydney.

Noor’s attorney said the officer “extends his condolences to the family... and keeps them in his daily thoughts and prayers."

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