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Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

USA police shoot Australian woman who called for help

USA police shoot Australian woman who called for help

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) said in a statement on Sunday that police officers had responded to an emergency call about a possible assault in an alley behind a home in the Minneapolis suburb of Fulton.

An Australian bride-to-be was shot dead by a USA police officer after she called 911 to report an assault near her home, her family has said.

Noor joined the Minneapolis Police Department in March of 2015 and was later celebrated as the first Somali officer for the 5th Precinct. Not only were both police officers' body cameras turned off turning the shooting that took place around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, but the squad car's camera also did not record the shooting.

Australian media and friends described Damond as a 40-year-old yoga and meditation instructor, who had moved from Sydney to Minneapolis to marry her fiancee Don Damond.

More than 520 people have been shot and killed by police officers in America so far this year, according to the Washington Post, compared with 963 over the entirety of 2016.

Justine Ruszczyk was engaged to be married next month to an American man. The body cameras of the officers involved were not activated, according to police.

According to Damond's neighbors, speaking to the Star Tribune, the police auto pulled up next to her home. USA and Australian media gave her age as 40.

The state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is now conducting an investigation of the incident and confirmed that Damond was killed by a police officer.

"I hope and pray this is a wake-up call for the community to stop being divided by race and socioeconomic status ... for treating everybody with respect", said Nekima Levy-Pounds, according to the Star Tribune.

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"Basically my mum was shot for reasons I don't know", Zach said in a video posted after the incident Sunday. "And that could have been me, that could have been you, that could have been you, that could have been any of us and we are going to make sure this doesn't happen again".

No weapon was found at the scene, and a family friend told the Star-Tribune that Ms. Damond would not have been carrying a gun.

She had training as a veterinarian and ran meditation workshops.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office has not released the woman's autopsy report.

Minneapolis authorities have not released the woman's name.

"She was treasured and loved and we will really miss her", Reed said.

The woman's family in Australia released a statement through the country's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, saying it's a "very hard time", according to NBC News.

"I'm so done with all this violence, it's so much bulls-t". The detectives said they're trying to figure out if any video evidence of what happened exists.

Hannah said the woman worked as "a spiritual healer" and that "she was the most loving woman" who "kind of flowed through the house so lightly". Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said the two officers were responding to a 911 call regarding a possible assault.

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