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Family demands answers after officer mysteriously kills woman

Family demands answers after officer mysteriously kills woman

According to the StarTribune, the officer who shot and killed 40-year-old Justine Damond joined the police department in March 2015.

Authorities have not released the woman's name and are waiting to notify her relatives in Australia.

The Star Tribune reports that police responded to reports of a possible assault about 11.30pm on Saturday, local time.

"At one point an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman", a police statement confirmed. In the same release, the BCA said body cameras were not on at the time of the incident.

The Star Tribune quoted three sources which it did not name as saying Justine Damond was in her pajamas when a police vehicle responding to a 911 call pulled into the alley. Damond, who was in her pajamas, went to the driver's side door to talk to the officer.

"America sucks, these cops need to be trained differently and I need to move out of here", an emotional Mr Damond said. "And we want to remember Justine tonight, and call for answers, but we want just to remember and respect Justine, tonight, and her family, and share our love for her family, and how much we want to wrap our support around them".

Neighbors say the woman who was killed was a "spiritual healer" who led meditation sessions with dozens of others in Minneapolis.

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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the fatal officer-involved shooting, and Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said Sunday that the officers involved are on administrative leave. According to Reuters, the officers' body cameras were not switched on. But the department did not say why the officer opened fire.

She was engaged to be married next month to an American man.

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

Investigators are now scrambling to figure out if any video of the situation exists. She reportedly held dual citizenship in both the United States and Australia, as her father is a us citizen. "She should still be here", one woman said to applause.

In a statement released by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the family of the woman - who Minneapolis authorities haven't identified yet - said this is a hard time.

After an hour of her death, hundreds of women gathered outside the Damond home to hold a vigil for the woman.

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