Officer Involved Shooting/Mpls 17 Jul 17

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

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In a statement released by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the family of the woman — who Minneapolis authorities haven’t identified yet — say this is a difficult time.  ABC News reports the victim as Justine Damond.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension released a statement Sunday saying two Minneapolis officers responded to a 911 call for a potential assault late Saturday. Exact details weren’t released but officials say an officer at some point fired a gun, killing the woman.

Officials say the officers’ body cameras weren’t turned on and a squad camera didn’t capture the shooting.

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

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says she’s “heartsick” and “deeply disturbed” by what occurred.