Australian woman shot dead by cop in US


An Australian woman has been shot and killed by police after dialling 911 to report a "possible assault".

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, an officer in the passenger seat of the squad vehicle that responded to the call shot across the driver's seat and struck 40-year-old Justine Damond while she spoke with them.

Minneapolis police have also claimed that the camera on a nearby patrol vehicle was also unable to record the shooting by their officers.

Mr Damond said the woman, reportedly an Australian in her 40s, was "passionate" and his "best friend".

The Star Tribune quoted three sources which it did not name as saying Justine Damond was in her pyjamas when a police auto responding to a 911 call pulled into the alley.

Last July, a suburban Minneapolis police officer fatally shot a black man during a traffic stop, that was live-streamed on Facebook.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed her death this morning AEST time and said it was providing consular assistance to the woman's family.

A Minneapolis yoga teacher who called police Saturday night to report a disturbance near her house was fatally shot by an officer who, according to eyewitness reports, didn't even get out of the vehicle.

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.

The officers involved didn't have their body cameras turned on, and there's no squad auto surveillance, according to the BCA. The officers involved did not have their body cameras turned on.

Officials are trying to find video evidence of the incident.

Ms Ruszczyk ran her meditation workshops at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, which paid tribute in a Facebook post.

"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 with out her", they wrote in a statement on Facebook.

Justine Damond, 40, from Sydney, is thought to have lived with her fiance in the United States city.

In a statement to media outside Damond's parents' home, friend Julie Reed said Damond would be remembered for her energy and the "joy she brought to our lives".

She joined the love of her life, Don Damond, in Minnesota in the U.S., where she committed her days to spiritual healing, mentoring and meditation coaching.

"She was committed to love and the relationship that was there for her".

Friends and neighbors described her as a "loving person" whose "whole mission in life was to help people with any problem", KARE reported.

She said "We all want to know more".

Mayor Betsy Hodges said it's "difficult and challenging" to have few facts at this point.

"There are still many questions about what took place, and while the investigation is still in its early stages, I am asking the BCA to release as much information, as quickly as they are able to", Hodges said. "I know that body camera footage has already been useful to this department in myriad ways, and will be again in the future".

Authorities will conduct an autopsy and release details about the manner and cause of Ms Damond's death, the BCA said.