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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A friend and roommate of the woman who was killed by police Thursday on Interstate 394 said the officer involved in the shooting must have overacted.

Katherine Gordon, 58, of California, died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office said. A Golden Valley police officer pulled Gordon over on the westbound side of the highway near Hopkins Crossroad and shot her when he saw a gun, police said.

“I see absolutely no reason for her to be shot,” said Charmaine Schodde, Gordon’s friend. “I knew Katherine, and Katherine was not a danger. Katherine would never hurt an officer. She would never hurt anybody.”

Gordon was from Altadena, California. She moved to Minnesota a couple months ago and lived with Schodde.

Schodde said her friend carried a gun for safety and would never threaten anyone with it.

“I find it really hard to believe that Katherine would get out of the car with a gun, waving it an officer,” Schodde said. “But if she did get out with a gun, my thought would be that she was just intending to show an officer that she had a gun with her in her possession. There’s just no way that Katherine would have been threatening an officer.”

The images from shooting are heart-pounding: There are pictures of cops racing to the scene and images of Gordon dead next to her driver’s-side door. Those images broke Schodde’s heart. She said Gordon had children, and she didn’t drink or do drugs.

“She was a very harmless, reserved, calm person,” Schodde said. “There was nothing alarming about her at all.”

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting. Golden Valley Police aren’t releasing the name of the officer involved in Katherine’s death. The officer that shot Katherine is on administrative leave, and that is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting investigation.

“What I think that needs to happen is the truth needs to come out,” Schodde said.

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