Advertisement

International

News > International > Australian Prime Minister: This is a Shocking Killing

Australian Prime Minister: This is a Shocking Killing

His first public comments since the killing of an Australian-American woman shot by police in Minneapolis.

(CNN) -- Australia's prime minister has demanded answers to the "inexplicable" killing of an Australian-American woman shot by police in Minneapolis.

"This is a shocking killing. It is inexplicable," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Australian Channel 9's "Today" program Wednesday, in his first public comments since Justine Ruszczyk's death on Saturday.

"I mean, how can a woman out in the street in her pyjamas seeking assistance from the police be shot like that?" he said. "We are demanding answers, something clearly went tragically wrong."

Ruszczyk had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home, her fiancé, Don Damond, said Monday.

Two police officers responded, and one of them, Mohamed Noor, shot her in the abdomen, killing her, according to police and an autopsy report.

Police have not explained how the shooting happened, leaving friends, family -- and now the Australian government -- demanding answers.

**PHOTO: CNN**

(CNN) -- North Korea says Kim Jong Un is still willing to meet Donald Trump "at any time," despite the US...
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has pulled out of the June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In...
WASHINGTON -- The historic diplomatic encounter planned for three weeks from now between President Donald Trump...
(CNN) -- After weeks of tensions, China and the United States have reached a ceasefire. Both sides this weekend...
(CNN) -- North Korea has threatened to abandon planned talks between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald...