Australian woman shot and killed by police officer in Minneapolis

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Justine Ruszczyk was engaged to be married next month to an American man.

Minnesota authorities say a woman is dead after an officer-involved shooting in southern Minneapolis.

Meanwhile, the death of the woman, identified as Justine Ruszczyk, originally from Sydney, Australia, sparked a wave of indignation among the local community, with residents gathering at the scene of the suspected crime to demand police accountability.

- A memorial for Justine Damond is growing near the spot where she was shot and killed by a police officer Saturday night, though information about what exactly happened in that south Minneapolis alleyway remains scarce.

Matt Omo, a close friend in Australia and a founder of his own wellness practice who often collaborated with Ms. Damond on meditation and personal development workshops, called her death a disgusting tragedy.

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

An Australian woman has reportedly been fatally shot by police in the USA city of Minneapolis. "At one point an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman", a police statement confirmed.

The BCA said the investigation is in its "very early stages" and more information will become available "once initial interviews with incident participants and any witnesses are complete", according to a statement released Sunday.

Officials are trying to find video evidence of the incident.

The incident sent shock waves through Minneapolis and Australia.

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She had training as a veterinarian and ran meditation workshops.

Following her death, her 22-year-old stepson, Zach, posted a video demanding answers from the police.

"Justine was all about love, just bringing your biggest heart forward, no matter what you're doing in life", said Drake. "We can't even imagine LHSC without her".

"Basically my mom was shot for reasons I don't know", he said, adding that woman called the police after she allegedly heard "a sound in the alley".

A family friend says the woman worked as a spiritual healer. "She lived such a full life".

"As Mayor of our City, a wife, and a grandmother, I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by what occurred last night", she wrote on Facebook. "I want to know more". "It doesn't seem like she'd be the kind of person to get shot in an alley", Birkholz said.

"There are still many questions about what took place". "I have questions about why the bodycams weren't on", she said in a press conference Sunday.

Nearly 200 people gathered near the scene of the shooting for an evening vigil paying tribute to the dead woman.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy and officialy release the victim's identity.

The son of the Australian woman slain by United States police voices his anger after the fatal shooting.

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