Trans woman shot dead was misgendered by police

A transgender woman shot and killed in North Charleston, South Carolina has been identified after initially being misgendered by police, according to reports.

Denali Berries Stuckey, 29, is one of at least 12 trans women to have been killed in the US this year alone.

Officers were said to have responded to the scene in the early hours of Saturday morning (July 20) following reports of a body lying on the side of the road at 2721 Carner Avenue.

They arrived at the scene to find Stuckey dead.

According to ABC 4 News, officers said they found the victim with a gunshot wound, confirming she was dead at the scene.

Deputy Coroner Kimberly Rhoton had identified the victim by their dead name, but the Alliance For Full Acceptance (AFFA) and the Human Rights Campaign identified her as Denali Berries Stuckey.

When asked if authorities were investigating the incident as a possible hate crime by ABC 4 News they responded that it was being investigated as a homicide.

No arrests have been made at this time.