BCA Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Minneapolis

The officers were responding to a 911 call made by the woman who had reported possible assault in the alley in the Fulton neighborhood. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says that police were called about a possible assault at around 11:30pm.

Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges said in a statement, "As mayor of our city, a wife, and a grandmother, I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by what occurred last night".

Justine Damond, a meditation teacher and bride-to-be was reportedly killed by an officer who fired from the passenger seat as the woman stood outside the driver's door.

He and another officer have been placed on administrative leave. "I have questions about why the bodycams weren't on".

"Every officer who is responding to 911 calls is wearing a body camera", she told CBS News.

"Sadly her family and I have been provided with nearly no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived", Damond said. According to Reuters, the officers' body cameras were not switched on.

When officers arrived they opened fire from their vehicle, fatally striking the 40-year-old spiritual healer. Her maiden name was Justine Ruszczyk but she chose to use her American fiancé's last name.

"Investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the incident exists", the statement reads.

She was engaged to be married next month to an American man. She reportedly held dual citizenship in both the United States and Australia, as her father is a USA citizen.

She did not want to be in the United States due to the gun laws in the country but she had to move because of her fiancé.

Damond was out of town on a business trip at the time of the incident.

The country's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it is providing consular assistance to the woman's family.

Members of Black Lives Matter, the NAACP, and organizers of the Women's March in Minnesota held a vigil for Ruszczyk Saturday night at the scene of her killing, attended by friends and neighbors.

Damond's stepson posted a Facebook Live video demanding answers about why a police officer shot her.

Police Chief Janee Harteau said that she has numerous same questions as Ms Damond's family.

Nearly 200 people gathered near the scene of the shooting for an evening vigil paying tribute to the dead woman.

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