Details are emerging out of the States at the moment with reports an Australian woman has been shot dead by police in the Minnesota city of Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Police have releases a statement saying two officers were responding to a 911 call regarding an alleged assault around 11.30pm local time Saturday night when "an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman."

The StarTribune reports that the woman was a 40-year-old Australian native living with her American fiancee, and that she initially made the 911 call herself, after hearing noises in the alley behind the house.

Mineapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has held a news conference calling the incident "tragic" and that "as mayor of our city, a wife, and a grandmother, I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by what occurred last night."


The police involved reportedly were equipped with body-cameras, however they were not turned on. The woman's name and further details are yet to be released, to ensure her Australian family is notified first.

More details to come.

Source: StarTribune.
Picture: Twitter / ChuckBaker.