Australian Justine Damond Shot Dead by US Police in Minneapolis

Minneapolis woman fatally shot by police after she called 911 to report a 'possible assault'

Minneapolis woman fatally shot by police after she called 911 to report a 'possible assault'

Following the shooting, hearts and messages have been drawn in colourful chalk on the driveway of near where the woman was shot.

Minnesota Police have released few details of the circumstances of her shooting, except to say that the attending police officers' body cameras were not switched on at the time of the shooting and it was not captured by the officers' squad vehicle dash camera.

Police responded to a possible assault call Saturday around 11:30 p.m. Exact details haven't been released, but officials say an officer at some point fired a gun, killing the woman.

Her personal and business website says she was a qualified yoga instructor, meditation teacher and a personal health and life coach.

"I just know she heard a sound in the alley so then she called the police and the cops showed up".

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A 40-year-old Australian woman was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer outside her home Saturday night after allegedly calling 911 to report a potential assault.

Ms Ruszczyk's death has angered her Minneapolis community after it was revealed the officers didn't have their body cameras turned on. Reports that the police officers' body cameras were turned off is also causing outrage by some people giving feedback about the incident on social media.

Investigators said the squad auto video was on but didn't capture what happened at the scene.

It said the information would be released after her family had been notified.

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"A very conscious, loving person and you wouldn't associate that with a gunshot in an alley", he said. "We can't even imagine LHSC with out her", they wrote in a statement on Facebook.

She was set to marry Don Damond, 50, in August and had been living with him in Minneapolis.

Zach Damond, who identified himself in a Facebook video as the son of the woman's fiance, said she had called police for help after hearing a noise near her house.

She has been described as an "incredible woman" and a "brilliant, well-known, local healer". "And she lost her life being a good neighbor".

At a press conference Sunday evening, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said she was devastated by the shooting and urged the BCA to release as much information as possible in as quickly a manner as it is able without jeopadizing the investigation.

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"I know the neighborhood well", said Ms Hodges, who represented the area for eight years as a City Council member, The Star Tribunereported.

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