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An Australian woman was shot dead by police in Minneapolis

An Australian woman was shot dead by police in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges released a statement on Facebook, saying that she "heartsick and deeply disturbed" by the incident, vowing to share as more information concerning the circumstances of the incident as soon it will be available.

'At one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman. Why wasn't the shooting captured on squad cameras?

Justine Damond, 40, had gone outside in her pyjamas to meet a police vehicle at her home in Minneapolis when she was killed at about 11.30pm on Saturday.

The BCA, who is in charge of the case, is trying to determine if any video evidence of what happened exists.

She had called police after hearing a disturbance in the alley and had gone out to investigate when she was shot, according to media reports.

"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", she added.

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Damond, who is from Sydney and who also went by the name Justine Ruszczyk, was engaged to be married next month to an American man.

The agency said it would be providing consular assistance to her family.

In a Facebook tribute, one woman said she spent many hours speaking with Ms Damond "talking about the world she was so determined to change".

"Basically my mum was shot for reasons I don't know", Mr Damond said in a video posted on Facebook on Monday morning (AEST).

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 frightful tragedy. I'm so done with all this violence.

"She was out on 51st Street and she was shot", Zach said.

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"I have a lot of questions about why the body cameras weren't on", Hodges said at the news conference.

Damond is believed to have been living in the U.S. for at least the past three years.

The Minneapolis NAACP, three mayoral candidates and about 250 other friends, family and community members attended.

Ms Ruszczyk's death has angered her Minneapolis community after it was revealed the officers didn't have their body cameras turned on.

Investigators are searching for any footage of the shooting.

She has been described as an "incredible woman" and a "brilliant, well-known, local healer". "Her loss, for me, is just a personal reminder that we shouldn't waste time on petty gripes or complaints, we should just find a way to love, bigger and better, because we don't know when the people we care about may not be there anymore".

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