Justine Damond breathless in 911 calls

Justine Damond called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home in July 2017.
Justine Damond called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home in July 2017.

Australian life coach Justine Ruszczyk Damond was breathless and sounded concerned when she phoned 911 minutes before she was fatally shot by a US police officer, according to audio of the call.

Audio recordings of Ms Damond's two 911 calls were made public on Thursday, as a Minneapolis judge began granting access to the exhibits shown in the recent trial of Mohamed Noor.

Noor, 33, was convicted of murder.

Ms Damond, a dual citizen of the US and Australia, called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home in July 2017.

In the first call, she says a woman sounds distressed and she thought she heard the word "help".

Ms Damond called back eight minutes later to ensure police had the right address. She was told officers were on the way.

The former Sydney resident went to meet the police car and was shot by Noor, who was sitting in the front passenger seat.

He and his partner said they were started by Ms Damond.

Ms Damond's family filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and received a record $US20 million ($A29 million) settlement.

Australian Associated Press