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Read the statement from the cop who reportedly shot Justine Damond

The officer made his first public comment since the shooting through his attorney.

The Minneapolis police officer who reportedly shot and killed Justine Damond over the weekend has issued a statement through his lawyer, extending condolences and saying he wishes he could say more.

Damond's fiancé says the 40-year-old meditation teacher had called police to report a possible sexual assault near her home in the Fulton neighborhood on Saturday night.

But she was shot to death by one of the responding officers, with the Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruling her cause of death as a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Authorities have not identified the officer who fired, but several news outlets are reporting it was Mohamed Noor. Noor is an Augsburg College graduate who became the first Somali-American police officer in Minneapolis' fifth precinct when he joined the police force in March of 2015, a city newsletter said at the time.

His attorney, Tom Plunkett, says Noor takes the family's loss seriously and keeps them in his daily thoughts and prayers. Plunkett adds:

"We would like to say more, and will in the future. At this time, however, there are several investigations ongoing and Officer Noor wants to respect the privacy to the family and asks the same in return during this difficult period."

Read the full statement here or below:

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