Woman dials 911, US cops shoot her outside home

Jul 18, 2017, 09:25 IST | Agencies

Police said an officer fatally shot a woman after responding to a 911 call. Pic for representation/AFP
Police said an officer fatally shot a woman after responding to a 911 call. Pic for representation/AFP

The mayor of Minneapolis demanded answers on Sunday after an Australian woman was shot and killed by a police officer in the city, having apparently reported a disturbance outside her home. Justine Damond, from Sydney, died on Saturday night.

Police said an officer fatally shot a woman after responding to a 911 call received at around 11.30 pm.

Mayor Betsy Hodges said she was "heartsick and deeply disturbed" by the shooting, which was being investigated. Hodges said the body cameras that police are equipped with did not record the incident, and that the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) had said no dashboard camera footage either.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune quoted three sources saying Damond was in her pyjamas when a police car pulled into the alley. She approached the driver's side of the vehicle and was then shot through the door. Both officers who attended the 911 call have been placed on administrative leave.

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