Minneapolis Yoga Teacher Fatally Shot By Police After Calling to Report Disturbance

Australian woman shot dead by police after dialling 911 to report assault

Australian woman shot and killed by police officer in Minneapolis

Two officers responded to a 911 call about a possible assault in the alley off of West 51st Street between Washburn and Xerxes avenues around 11.30pm, according to a statement released Sunday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

A 40-year-old Australian woman who was set to get married next month was shot and killed Saturday by a Minneapolis police officer after authorities responded to her report of a possible assault behind her home, according to multiple reports. The two officers in the incident have been placed on paid administrative leave, while Minneapolis police are pledging a speedy investigation into the incident. The BCA did confirm that an officer did fire his weapon, which was what killed Damond.

"Like you, I have a lot of questions", she said.

Minneapolis Police Department lists a number of situations where officers are required to activate their body cameras, like performing traffic stops, searches, observing crime, and getting into verbal or physical confrontations. Australian outlets are posting news about the shooting, and her fiancé, Don Damond, is also gaining attention on Facebook after the fatal incident.

Local news outlets report that one of her students said Ruszczyk often talked about how she preferred the tough gun laws in Australia compared to the gun culture in America.

"I know the neighborhood well", said Ms Hodges, who represented the area for eight years as a City Council member, The Star Tribunereported.

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Her stepson, 22-year-old Zac Damond, criticized what he described as a lack of transparency from the Minneapolis Police Department about the investigation.

"We are so sad to report the tragic shooting of Justine Damond", officials with the center wrote in a Facebook post.

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

"Basically my mum was shot for reasons I don't know", Zach said in a video posted after the incident Sunday. "I hope that he wakes up every single day and thinks about it, and then I hope that he thinks about how he can be a better person because that's what she did every single day".

The former veterinarian became a yoga instructor, personal health and life coach and meditation teacher.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy and release details, including the victim's name and the cause and manner of her death.

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Justine was preparing to marry Don, and the well-liked woman began to use the name Justine Damond.

"This killing shows us that no one is immune", one speaker said at the vigil. "I call on the BCA ... to share as much information as they can as quickly as they possibly can".

"This woman was a attractive light".

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

Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges wants to know why the officers' body cameras were off. She had trained as a veterinary surgeon, according to her website, however, she had been working as a motivational healer.

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