Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

An Australian woman has been shot dead by police in Minneapolis

An Australian woman has been shot dead by police in Minneapolis

Ms Damond was dressed in her nightwear when she went to the driver's side door of the police vehicle that responded to the emergency call, reports The Star Tribune.

- A memorial for Justine Damond is growing near the spot where she was shot and killed by a police officer Saturday night, though information about what exactly happened in that south Minneapolis alleyway remains scarce.

According to local Australian news, the woman - identified as Justine Damond from Sydney - was in her pajamas when she approached a responding police vehicle in an alley behind her home in Minneapolis's Fulton neighborhood.

The friend says she had been in the United States for about three years.

"I demand answers. I'm so done with all this violence".

Mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodges said she was "heartsick" over Ms Damond's death.

"I know everyone thinks this when a loved one goes in any kind of manner but she was seriously one of the most handsome people that has ever walked the face of the planet", King said. "I know that body camera footage has already been useful to this department in myriad ways, and will be again in the future".

The BCA said its investigation into Justine's death is in its very early stages.

Ms Damond grew up in the affluent northern beaches of Sydney before moving to Minneapolis Minesotta to live with her fiance and the love of her life Don Damond
Australian woman shot and killed by police officer in Minneapolis

Damond, a trained veterinarian who also worked as a yoga instructor and life coach, was planning to marry her fiancee next month.

Minneapolis police confirmed that the two officers involved are on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure. Police say the man stabbed her in the chest and fled on foot. "The City will continue to provide updated information on this incident, and the BCA's investigation, as soon as we have it".

The woman's name was not released Sunday morning pending notification of family.

"She thought there was something bad that was happening and next thing I know, they take my best friend's life".

"After losing much of her family to cancer she has spent many years on a personal investigative journey to discover how habits and disease develop, and how people can change and live in joy, expressing their full potential". The officers' body cameras were not turned on during the shooting, and the squad-car camera did not capture it, according to the BCA.

"My mom is dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know, and I demand answers", he said.

Locals held a vigil for Damond at the scene of the shooting at 6pm Sunday local time (9am AEST), with hundreds lining the footpaths and writing messages of love and support on the pavement in chalk.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it is providing consular assistance to the woman's family and released a statement on the family's behalf.

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