Examiner: Damond died of gunshot wound to abdomen

The latest on the shooting death of Justine Damond

MINNEAPOLIS - The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office says Justine (Ruszczyk) Damond died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen and the manner of death is a homicide.

The report was released Monday night following an emotional day filled with many questions and still few answers. Justine Damond was shot and killed by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor late Saturday night in the alley behind her home on the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue South.

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Damond's fiancé spoke out Monday afternoon, saying he and his family are "utterly devastated," by the loss of the 40-year-old woman. 

Don Damond read a statement from the front lawn of his home saying he doesn't know how to go on, now that she's gone. 

"Our hearts are broken," he said. "And we are utterly devastated by the loss of Justine."

Damond said Justine initially called 911 to report what she believed was an active sexual assault occurring nearby.

"Sadly, her family and I have been provided almost no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived," he said. "We lost the dearest of people and we are desperate for information."

Damond went on to say that "piecing together the moments before Justine's homicide would be would be a small comfort as we grieve this tragedy."

BCA officials have taken over the investigation and released a statement Monday, only saying no weapons were found at the scene and they are working to interview the two officers involved. 

The attorney for Noor says the officer started with the department in 2015. Noor and his partner have been placed on standard administrative leave while the case is investigated. 

Few details were released regarding what took place but officials stated an officer fired his weapon, killing Damond. 

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