The Australian woman shot dead by police in Minneapolis was a meditation teacher who hated guns

Justine Ruszczyk/ Facebook

The Australian woman shot dead by police in Minneapolis, in the USA, was a meditation teacher who hated guns.

Justine Ruszczyk, 40, was shot on Saturday night by the police who were responding to her call about a possible assault.

She was killed by a police bullet in an alley near her home in the suburb of Fulton.

The former Manly High School student was a qualified veterinarian, and taught meditation and life coaching.

Local news outlets report that one of her students said Ruszczyk often talked about how she preferred the tough gun laws in Australia compared to the gun culture in America.

Her Facebook cover photo depicts her meditating at the top of mountain.

Ruszczyk had been living in the States for three years and was planning her wedding next month to her fiancé Don Damond.

Damond, 50, was out of town on a business trip at the time of the incident.

Here’s the police report from the Minneapolis Police.

The Department of Public Safety says investigations are in the early stages as police try to locate a footage of the shooting.

The responding officers involved had their body cameras turned off and cameras in the police car did not capture the incident.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has described the shooting as “tragic”.

“As mayor of our city, a wife, and a grandmother, I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by what occurred last night,” Hodges said, adding that the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was working “as quickly as they are able to” to determine what happened.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed her death this morning AEST time and said it was providing consular assistance to the woman’s family.

Following the shooting, hearts and messages were drawn in colourful chalk on the driveway of near where the woman was shot.

Her name, and the names of others shot by police, including Jamar Clark and Philando Castile, can be seen.

A vigil was held at 6pm local time (9am AEST).

See photos of the drawings and of people gathering at the scene here: