Australian woman shot and killed by Minneapolis police


A woman was shot to death late Saturday by police responding to a 911 call in south Minneapolis.

Two Minneapolis police officers responded about 11:30 p.m. to a report of a possible assault in the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue South, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the incident. One of the officers shot and killed the woman.

No further details were released Sunday by the BCA.

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. In the video, which was posted Sunday to the Women’s March Minnesota Facebook page, Damond described the woman who was shot as his “best friend.”

“My mom is dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know,” Damond said. “These cops need to get trained differently. I just know she heard a sound in the alley, so then she called the police, and the cops showed up. … Next thing I know, they take my best friend’s life.”

In an email message on Sunday, Damond said, “Tell people to call the police and demand answers.”

At a news conference Sunday afternoon, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges called on the BCA to share the details of the shooting as quickly as possible.

“We have few facts at this point,” she said. “This is an awful situation. My heart goes out to everyone in the community, especially the family of the woman that was shot.”

Officials did not release the woman’s name Sunday because they were still notifying family members of her death.

Friends and neighbors identified her only as Justine, an Australian native who taught yoga and meditation classes at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community.

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Source:: The Mercury News

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