Minneapolis Police Kill Australian Bride-To-Be

Justine Damond also known as Justine Ruszczyk from Sydney is seen in this 2015

A woman was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer on Saturday after she called 911 to report a possible assault near her home just before midnight, authorities said.

Both of the police officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave, the Star Tribune reports.

"Basically, my mom's dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know", Zach Damond, the son of Justine's fiance, told the Star Tribune.

Authorities in the USA state of Minnesota on Monday (July 17) were investigating the police-involved shooting of an Australian woman, who was killed under mysterious circumstances after placing an emergency call.

Investigators said the officers involved had body cameras, but they weren't turned on. Her maiden name was Justine Ruszczyk.

While there isn't specific language about the Minneapolis Police Department's guidelines on body cameras pertaining to this particular case, there is a long list of guidelines that can be interpreted to cover many situations police officers encounter.

Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges said she meant to find out why the officers' body cameras were not turned on.

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Julie Reed, Damond's neighbor in Australia who knew her for 32 years, read out a statement on behalf of her family.

A 40-year-old Australian woman has been fatally shot by police in Minneapolis in the US "for no reason".

Zach Damond, the stepson of Justine Damond, speaks out about his stepmother's shooting death by police on July 16.

No weapons were recovered from the scene, according to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the agency called in to investigate the shooting.

"This is a tragedy - that someone who's asking for help would call the police and get shot by the police", Hargrave said.

Damond's workplace described her "one of the most loving people you would ever meet". "She was just infectious, not just for me".

Friends told the Star Tribune Ms Damond, a veterinarian and meditation teacher, was planning to marry her fiancé in August.

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The 40-year-old ran meditation workshops at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy and officialy release the victim's identity. "My heart goes out to everyone in the community, especially the family of the woman that was shot".

"This killing shows us that no one is immune", one speaker said at the vigil.

"I have questions about why the body cams weren't on", Mayor Betsy Hodges said during a Sunday afternoon news conference.

"I'm so done with all this violence", he said.

She had lived in the States for three years and worked as "a spiritual healer".

The Department of Public Safety says investigations are in the early stages as police try to locate a footage of the shooting.

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