An Australian woman has been shot and killed by police after dialling 911 to report a ‘possible assault’.
Justine Damond, 40, had reportedly made an emergency call at 11.30pm on Saturday after hearing a noise near her home in Minneapolis.
However, she was shot dead after an officer fired their weapon, police confirmed in a statement. It later emerged that the police officers did not have their body cameras turned on.
Ms Damond, is from Sydney, and had been engaged to marry an American man, Don Damond, in August.
Her stepson, Zac, released a video after her death.
He said: ‘Basically my mum was shot for reasons I don’t know.
‘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.’
Mayor Betsy Hodges said: ‘We all want to know more. I want to know more.
‘I have a lot of questions – questions like why the body cameras weren’t on.’
‘As mayor of our city, a wife, and a grandmother, I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by what occurred last night.’
The case is now being investigated by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the two officers involved are on paid administrative leave.
Justine is believed to have lived in America for the past three years. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs put out a brief statement on behalf of her family.
‘This is a very difficult time for our family,’ the statement said.
‘We are trying to come to terms with this tragedy and to understand why this has happened.’