Family Of Woman Killed By Officer Seeking Answers

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Jul 18, 2017 at 5:28 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The family of an Australian woman who was shot and killed by police in Minneapolis says they're trying to understand why it happened.

In a statement released by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the family of Justine Damond says this is a difficult time.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension released a statement saying two Minneapolis officers responded to a 911 call for a potential assault late Saturday.

Officials say an officer at some point fired a gun, killing the woman.

The officers' body cameras weren't turned on and a squad camera didn't capture the shooting.

Friends and relatives tell the Star Tribune Damond was 40-years-old and worked as a spiritual healer.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says she's "heartsick" and "deeply disturbed" by what occurred.

Meantime, the police officer who shot the woman is offering condolences to her family.

Mohamed Noor was identified by his attorney earlier Monday as the Minneapolis officer who fired the shots that killed Damond shortly after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home.

In a statement to WCCO-TV, the Somali-American officer says he came to the U.S. at a young age and appreciates the opportunities he's gotten.

Damond's fiance spoke with the media briefly Monday afternoon saying he's desperate for answers to why this happened.



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