Australian Justine Damond was shot dead by US police just 2 minutes after they said the situation was under control

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The transcripts of Justine Damond’s 911 calls have been released by Minneapolis Police Department.

The release of the police documents reveal that just two minutes after officers had arrived on the scene and radioed in a “code 4” – situation under control – Damond was dead after being shot by one of the officers from their car.

The transcripts reveal the expatriate Australian first called 911 at 11:27pm on Saturday, saying she could hear a woman who sounded “distressed” and was “not sure sure if she’s having sex or being raped”.

“I think she just yelled out ‘help’ but it’s difficult the sound has been going on for a while, but I think, I don’t think she’s enjoying it,” Damond told the operator.

Eight minutes later, at 11.35pm, she called again to ask when police were coming and wondering if she’d given the wrong address and was told officers were on their way.

Officers Matthew Harrity, who was driving, and Mohamed Noor, arrived on the scene soon after, radioing in a “code 4” that the situation was under control. At that moment Damond had just two minutes left to live.

Harrity has told investigators that the pair were startled by a loud sound after arriving on the scene, and then saw an 18-25 year old white male who was bicycling eastbound on the same street immediately before the shooting.

Noor has declined to be interviewed.

After that incident, Damond, 40, approached the driver’s side window of the car.

Harrity says that Noor discharged his weapon, striking Damond through the open driver’s side window.

The pair provided assistance until medical personnel arrived, but Damond was pronounced dead at the scene from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. She was unarmed, although a mobile phone was recovered from the scene.

The incident has been declared a homicide.

Neither officer had their body camera on until after the shooting and the police car camera was also off.

Damond was due to be married next month, and her family and friends held a memorial for her yesterday in the Sydney seaside suburb of Manly.

Here are the full 911 transcripts:

Time: 23:27:02
Operator: 911, what’s the address of the emergency?
Caller: Hi, I’m, I can hear someone out the back and I, I’m not sure if she’s having sex or being raped.
Operator: Give me the address.
Caller: 5024 Washburn Avenue South.
Operator: Washburn Avenue South. You said it’s behind (inaudible)?
Caller: And there’s a (inaudible) out the back, yup, yup. And I think she just yelled out “help” but it’s difficult the sound has been going on for a while, but I think, I don’t think she’s enjoying it. I think it’s, I don’t know.
Operator: Okay, well I already got a call started and help on the way. Uh, you can’t see anything, you’re just hearing a female screaming then, is that what you’re saying?
Caller: Yeah. It sounds like sex noises, but it’s been going on for a while and I think she tried to say help and it sounds distressed.
Operator: Okay, I’ve already got an officer on the way. What is your name?
Caller: JUSTINE.
Operator: JUSTINE, what’s your last name?
Caller: JUSTINE.
Operator: JUSTINE.
Caller: Yeah.
Operator: And a phone number?
Caller: (redacted)
Operator: Okay, we’ve already got help on the way. If anything changes before we get there just give us a call right back, but officers should be there soon.
Caller: Thanks.
Operator: Okay, not a problem.

Time: 23:35:23
Operator: 911, what is the address of the emergency?
Caller: Hi, I just reported one, but no one’s here and was wondering if they got the address wrong.
Operator: What’s the address?
Caller: 5024 Washburn Avenue South. It supposed to be Washburn Avenue South.
Operator: Are you JUSTINE?
Caller: Yeah, (inaudible).
Operator: You’re hearing a female screaming?
Caller: Yes, along behind the house.
Operator: Yup, officers are on the way there.
Caller: Thank you.
Operator: You’re welcome, bye.

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