Australian woman shot and killed by police officer in Minneapolis

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

An Australian woman, who reportedly made a 911 emergency call about a possible assault in an alleyway near her home, was shot dead by police in Minneapolis on Saturday night, local time.

Residents of the upscale neighborhood held a vigil on Sunday night for the family, and Mr. Damond and his son Zach attended.

The tragedy unraveled shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday local time (12:30 a.m. Sunday ET), when two police officers responded to call about a disturbance in southwest Minneapolis, officials said. However, later, the second officer in the passenger seat "pulled his gun and shot Damond through the driver's side door". The BCA didn't say which officer shot Damond or how many shots were fired.

No weapon was found at the scene and the investigation is expected to include a focus on why the officers' bodycams were not recording.

The officers involved didn't have their body cameras turned on, and there's no squad vehicle surveillance, according to the BCA. The cops who responded to her call were wearing body camera but didn't turn them on.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges issued a statement saying she is "heartsick and deeply disturbed about this incident".

The state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has confirmed that a woman has died after being shot by a Minneapolis police officer in South Minneapolis.

In footage of a statement given to media in Sydney, family friend Julie Reed said the couple had been due to marry.

The website said she had recently relocated to Minneapolis.

The BCA notes the two officers did not have their body cameras turned on, nor did the squad camera record the fatal shooting.

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"I'm so done with all this violence, it's so much bulls-t".

"And she probably... thought something bad was happening and then the next thing, they take my best friend's life".

She was engaged to be married next month to an American man.

She was living in the USA for three years with her fiancé Don Damond, 50, and was preparing to marry him in August.

"She was committed to love and the relationship that was there for her".

"If you could just see her, she was adorable with this incredible smile", said Coune.

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"My heart aches for her fiancé and mother in law who often accompanied Justine while she taught some profound meditation classes, sound healing classes, and her Sunday messages at Lake Harriet Spiritual Community", she wrote.

Justine Damond, left, pictured with her fiance Don and Don's son Zach. "We can't even imagine LHSC without her".

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