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Australian woman killed in Minneapolis police shooting

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 the woman — who Minneapolis authorities have not yet identified — say this is a difficult time.

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 were not released but officials say an officer at some point fired a gun, killing the woman.

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

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

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