Australian Justine Damond shooting: Police chief Janee Harteau quits

A police chief in the US state of Minnesota has resigned after one of her officers fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman.

Justine Damond was killed after she called the police to report a woman screaming outside her home in a quiet suburb of Minneapolis last week.

Police chief Janee Harteau had earlier said it “should not have happened”.

The city’s mayor accepted her resignation, saying she had lost confidence in Ms Harteau.

Ms Damond’s death provoked outrage in her homeland, where Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called it “inexplicable” and “a shocking killing”.

The 40-year-old yoga and meditation teacher, originally from Sydney, was shot when she approached a police car after reporting a suspected rape.

A lawyer for Ms Damond’s family has called it “ludicrous” to suggest the two officers inside had feared an ambush.

Body cameras, which are worn by all Minneapolis police, had not been turned onat the time of the shooting and the squad car dashboard camera also failed to capture the incident.

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