Australian woman killed in Minneapolis police shooting

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The father of a 40-year-old Australian woman killed last weekend by a Minneapolis police officer is calling on investigators to release more information about the moments leading to his daughter's death. Police said at a press conference Sunday that they were responding to an "unknown trouble" call when the shooting occurred.

The responding officers involved had their body cameras turned off and cameras in the police vehicle did not capture the incident.

The Star Tribune quoting sources said that two officers in one squad auto, responding to the 911 call, pulled into the alley.

Both Mr Noor and his partner have been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

"I just can't believe she's gone so young, and so tragically", said Sterlace.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said the shooting was "tragic". If a body camera isn't turned on before use of force, it's supposed to be turned on as soon as it's safe to do so. Exact details weren't released but officials said an officer at some point fired a gun, killing the woman.

Miss Ruszczyk was born in Sydney but moved to the USA to be with her partner, who she was due to marry next month, three years ago.

Damond, originally from Sydney and also known as Justine Ruszczyk, was a trained veterinarian who worked as a spiritual healer and meditation teacher.

Officer Mohamed Noor was named as the policeman who shot at Justine Damond
CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS Officer Mohamed Noor was named as the policeman who shot at Justine Damond

"Basically, my mom's dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know", said the man, named Zach.

The Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said an investigation was under way and authorities were looking into whether there was any video of the incident.

'This is a very hard time for our family, ' the statement said.

Ms Damond's fiancé, Don Damond, has been left heartbroken by her death. She reportedly held dual citizenship in both the United States and Australia, as her father is a us citizen.

Ruszczyk family said in a statement released by DFAT,"This is a very hard time for our family".

Damond, whose partner is Don Damond, 50, is believed to have been living in the U.S. for at least the past three years.

Around 200 people held a vigil outside her home following the shooting.

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