Australian woman reportedly shot dead by Police in the U.S1:39
THE family and friends of an Australian woman shot dead in the US by police after calling 911 to report a possible assault, is demanding answers from authorities.
Justine Damond, 40, from Sydney was shot by police in south Minneapolis on Saturday night.
Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges said the incident has made her “heartsick”.
Mrs Damond died following an officer-involved shooting, according to Minneapolis police.
The shooting occurred on the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue South in the city’s Fulton neighbourhood.
The incident is the subject of an investigation but authorities have said the officers who responded to the 911 call did not have their body cameras turned on.
Two officers responded to a 911 call about a possible assault in the alley off West 51st Street between Washburn and Xerxes Avenues around 11.30pm, according to a statement released Sunday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
“At one point one officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman,” the BCA said.
“Investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the incident exists.”
His son Zach Damond said Mrs Damond “heard a noise in the alley and called the police”.
“Basically my mum was shot for reasons I don’t know,” Mr Damond said in a video posted on Facebook on Monday morning (AEST).
“I just know she heard a sound in the alley so then she called the police and the cops showed up and she was a very passionate woman.
“She probably thought something bad was happening and then next thing I know they take my best friend’s life.”
Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges said she intended to find out why the officers’ body cameras were not turned on.
“As mayor of our city, a wife, and a grandmother, I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by what occurred last night,” she posted on Facebook.
Ms Damond was to be married to Mr Damond, 50, in August, according to Hannah, a close family friend, the Star Tribune reports.
Mr Damond was on a business trip and returned home Sunday afternoon after the tragedy occurred.
Activist Mel Reeves, organised a vigil at 6pm Sunday on 51st Street near where the shooting occurred.
Hannah said the woman worked as “a spiritual healer” and that “she was the most loving woman” who “kind of flowed through the house so lightly.”
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy and release details, including the cause and manner of her death.
Investigators are also trying to determine whether video of the incident exists, as officers’ body cameras were turned off at the time and cameras in the police car did not capture the incident, according to a statement from the Department of Public Safety.
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