A 40 years old Australian woman who was engaged to be married was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer after she called 911 to report a possible assault in alley behind her home. 1 of 2 officers who responded to the scene shot and killed Sydney, Australia native Justine Damond. Police arrived in a squad vehicle and the officer seated in the passenger seat shot Damond through the driver’s side window, sources familiar with the incident said. The 2 officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave. “Two Minneapolis police officers responded to a 911 call of a possible assault just north of the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue S, just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday. At one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman. The BCA’s investigation is in its early stages. More information will be available once initial interviews with incident participants and any witnesses are complete. The officers’ body cameras were not turned on at the time and the squad camera did not capture the incident. Investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the incident exists” the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a news release. The woman was not named by police, but people at the scene confirmed her identity. No video of incident has been released and investigators are working to determine whether any exists. The officers’ body cameras were not turned on and squad camera did not capture the incident. Police did not explain why the officers’ body cameras were turned off. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges also questioned the circumstances. “I have questions about why the bodycams weren’t on” she told in a press conference Sunday. “I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by what happened last night” she added on Facebook. Justine Damond was engaged to Don Damond 50 years old whose 22 years old son, Zach Damond, was at the scene Sunday morning. “Basically, my mom’s dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know. I demand answers. If anybody can help, just call police and demand answers. I’m so done with all this violence” he said. Zach told Justine called police after she “heard a sound in the alley” which neighbors described as being well-lit at night. They also described Justine as “a beautiful light” who was “so in love” with her fiance. Justine’s fiance Don was away on business when shooting occurred. Justine, whose maiden name is Ruszczyk, used name Damond even though the couple were not yet married. Her website describes her as a spiritual healer with ability to help clients access their “unlimited potential for personal transformation.”

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