Woman shot by Minneapolis cop was engaged to Little Six Casino executive – SW News Media

Updated at 3:55 p.m. July 17.

The woman shot by a Minneapolis police officer late Saturday night was the bride-to-be of Vice President and General Manager of Little Six Casino in Prior Lake, Don Damond. 

“Our hearts are broken and we are utterly devastated by the loss of Justine,” Damond said during a press conference outside his home Monday afternoon. Damond said his fiance called 911 to report what she believed was an active sexual assault nearby before she was killed and her family has “been provided with almost no additional information regarding what happened after police arrived.” 

Damond has worked as the Vice President and General Manager of Little Six Casino since February 2013, according to his LinkedIn profile. Before that, he worked as Director of Gaming and Operations at Mystic Lake Casino for nearly 12 years. 


According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, two Minneapolis police officers responded to a 911 call of a possible assault just north of the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue South in Minneapolis, shortly before 11:30 p.m. July 15. 

At one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking the woman. The woman has been widely identified by media as Australia native and meditation coach Justine Damond. 

“The death of Justine is a loss to everyone who knew her,” Damond said. “She touched so many people with her loving and generous heart. She was a teacher to so many in living a life of openness, love and kindness. Our lives are forever changed as a result of knowing her. She was so kind and so darned funny. She made us all laugh with her great wit and humor. It is difficult to fathom how to

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