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The Minneapolis police chief resigned on Friday in the wake of the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a police officer on July 15.

Chief Janee Harteau resigned a day after making her initial remarks on the death of 40-year-old Justine Damond.

Harteau quit her position at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges, according to a statement from the city.

Damond was fatally shot on Saturday by an officer after responding to her 911 call about a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her house. Damond apparently approached the driver’s side window of the police vehicle right after the two responding police officers heard a loud sound.

AUSTRALIAN WOMAN SHOT BY MINNESOTA POLICE REPORTED POSSIBLE SEXUAL ASSAULT, 911 TRANSCRIPT SHOWS

The officer in the passenger seat, Mohamed Noor, then fired his weapon through the open driver’s side window, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).

Harteau had been out of the city in the days after the incident but said on Thursday that she had been on personal time and was in contact with her command staff.

On Thursday Harteau said that Damond “did not have to die,” adding that the actions of Officer Noor “go against who we are in the department” and against how officers are trained.

Noor has still not agreed to be interviewed about the incident.

AUSTRALIAN WOMAN SHOT AFTER MINNESOTA COPS HEARD LOUD SOUND, OFFICIALS SAY

Hodges plans to nominate Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo to replace Harteau.

Arradondo, who is African-American, joined the department as a patrol officer in 1989. He had been Harteau’s chief of staff before becoming assistant chief in April.

His nomination requires City Council confirmation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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