Justine Damond's Fiance Reveals He Was On Phone With Her Just Before Fatal Police Shooting

“Why Didn’t I Stay On The Phone With Her?”

By Eric Shorey

As an investigation into the death of Minneapolis meditation teacher Justine Damond continues, more details from the evening of the killing begin to emerge. In an interview with The New York Times, Justine Damond's fiance, Don Damond, reveals that he had a brief call with his partner before she dialed the police.

Justine called Don to tell him that she thought she heard a sexual assault occurring near the couple's home. Don was actually the one who advised her to call the police — a move which inadvertantly led to her death.

“I have played this over in my head over and over,” said Don. “Why didn’t I stay on the phone with her?”

Mr. Damond also revealed personal details about Justine's life before she was slain. Justine had moved to the United States after a long internet courtship with Don, whom she met at a meditation retreat. “She had her family [in Australia],” said Don of her relocation. “All her friends, lifelong relationships, and she moved here for one person.”

Don also discussed the denial he continues to face when thinking about the loss of his partner: “There’s like a glitch in the matrix ... I just know I’m going to wake up from this nightmare.”

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau, who described the shooting as "unnecessary," has already resigned from her position due in the fallout of this situation. An investigation into Damond's death is ongoing.

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