Transcripts of the two 911 calls Australian woman Justine Damond made to police before she was shot and killed on Saturday night have been released.
The transcripts, released Wednesday afternoon US time, reveal Damond called police after she became concerned that a sexual assault was occurring at her neighbour’s home.
Transcripts obtained by the Star Tribune show Justine called police at 11.27 pm on Saturday night.
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“Hi, I’m, I can hear someone out the back and I’m not sure if she’s having sex or being raped,” she told the operator.
“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 then continued to try to describe what she was hearing.
“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,” she said.
The operator told her that officers were on their way to her address.
Eight minutes later, at 11.35 pm, Damond called 911 again to ensure police were still coming to the scene. She confirmed her address and told the operator the woman in question was still screaming.
Just minutes later, the 40-year-old Australia-born woman, who was set to marry her fiancé next month, was shot and killed by one of the responding officers.
It’s believed Officer Mohamed Noor, 31, shot across his partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, 26, through the open driver’s side window, hitting Damond in the abdomen.
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