July 19 (UPI) — Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday said the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk, who was unarmed, in Minnesota is “shocking” and “inexplicable.”
During an interview with Australia’s Channel 9, Turnbull said the Australian government is demanding answers from U.S. authorities. Turnbull’s remarks for the Australian outlet are his first public comments over the killing since Ruszczyk’s death on Saturday.
“This is a shocking killing. It is inexplicable. I mean, how can a woman out in the street in her pajamas seeking assistance from the police be shot like that?” he said. “We are demanding answers, something clearly went tragically wrong.”
After Ruszczyk called 911 on Saturday, Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor shot her in the abdomen as she spoke with he and his partner behind her home in the city’s Fulton neighborhood.
Noor, who is now on paid administrative leave, has refused to be interviewed by authorities investigating the shooting. Noor’s body camera was not turned on.
“Something clearly went tragically wrong,” Turnbull said.
“We are demanding answers on behalf of her family and our hearts go out to her family and all of her friends and loved ones. It is a truly tragic, tragic killing,” he added. “We are providing all the support we can but this is, it seems inexplicable, but note, there will be some answers given in due course.”
Ruszczyk, 40, a trained veterinarian who also worked as a yoga instructor and life coach, was planning to marry her fiancee next month. Her maiden name was Ruszczyk but she went by Damond.
There was a silent vigil held Wednesday at dawn in Freshwater Beach, Ruszczyk’s Australian childhood hometown. Mourners silently laid her favorite pink flowers into the swell in the ceremony led by her father.