Australians Shocked by U.S. Killing: ‘It Would Have Never Happened Here’

Law enforcement experts here have shaken their heads and criticized both police training in the United States and the American embrace of guns. One local newspaper put the death of Ms. Damond, 40, who also went by the name Justine Ruszczyk, on its front page with the headline: “American Nightmare.” And on Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, appearing on television, asked a simple, if damning, question on the minds of many: “How can a woman out in the street in her pajamas seeking assistance from police be shot like that? It is a shocking killing.”

Ms. Damond’s loved ones, including her father, John Ruszczyk, who lives in Sydney, have said they were desperate for information about what happened. Her fiancé said she called 911 on Saturday night to…

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