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A woman was shot by police in Minneapolis after calling 911 to report an assault


Police are investigating the death of an Australian woman who was shot by a police officer Saturday night in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Justine Damond, 40, called 911 on Saturday to report a "possible assault" that was happening in the alleyway near her house.

The two officers who responded to the call "did not have their body cameras on during the time of the incident," according to a statement from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Damond was a native of Sydney. Previously known as Justine Ruszczyk, she was engaged to be married to an American man next month, according to Perth Now.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges lamented Damond's death on her Facebook page.

"As mayor of our City, a wife, and a grandmother, I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by what occurred last night," Hodges said Sunday.

"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," the mayor added.

On Sunday, members of Women's March Minnesota held a vigil in honor of the victim.

"As a community we will honor her and fight for justice for Justine," one woman said.

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