MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of an Australian woman who was shot and killed by police in Minneapolis says they’re trying to understand why it happened.
In a statement released by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the family of the woman — whom Minneapolis authorities haven’t identified yet — said it is a difficult time.
The Star Tribune said the woman was Justine Damond, from Sydney, Australia.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension released a statement Sunday saying two Minneapolis officers responded to a 911 call for a potential assault late Saturday. Exact details weren’t released, but officials said an officer fired a gun, killing the woman.
Officials say the officers’ body cameras weren’t turned on and a squad camera didn’t capture the shooting.
Friends and relatives told the Star Tribune that Damond was 40 years old and worked as a spiritual healer.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says she’s “heartsick” and “deeply disturbed” by what occurred.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com
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