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Australian woman shot by cop 'did not have to die,' Minneapolis police chief says

Australian woman shot by cop 'did not have to die,' Minneapolis police chief says

An Australian woman should not have been shot to death by a Minneapolis police officer responding to her 911 call, and the officer's actions "go against who we are in the department," the city's police chief said.

In her first public remarks on the killing, Chief Janee Harteau on Thursday defended Officer Mohamed Noor's training but lamented the death of 40-year-old bride-to-be Justine Damond, who was shot in the stomach as she approached a squad car near her home.

"This did not have to happen. Justine did not have to die," Harteau said.

Damond had called 911 twice late Saturday to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her house on...

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