A mural of the face of Rayshard Jones outside a burned Wendy's following his shooting death by police in the restaurant parking lot. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty Images

Rayshard Brooks sustained organ damage and blood loss when he was shot twice in the back during his fatal shooting by police in Atlanta, Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office said Sunday evening, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Details: The autopsy found Brooks' manner of death was homicide, CBS News reports. This means it was determined that the death was caused by the actions of another person and it's up to law enforcement to decide what charges to bring, according to the Medical Examiner's Office, which notes not all homicides are murders.

  • Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard told CNN on Sunday authorities are weighing possible charges of murder, felony murder or aggravated assault over Brooks' death, with a decision expected by Wednesday.

The big picture: Garrett Rolfe, the officer who fatally shot Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot on Friday, was fired and Devin Bronsan, an officer who was present during the incident, was placed on administrative duty, authorities said early Sunday.

What they're saying: Howard told CNN Brooks "did not seem to present any kind of threat to anyone, and so the fact that it would escalate to his death just seems unreasonable."

  • "It just seems like this is not the kind of conversation and incident that should have led to someone's death," he added.
  • Howard said they were looking at whether the officer involved in the shooting at the time felt Brooks "presented imminent harm of death or some serious physical injury."
"If that shot was fired for some reason other than to save that officer's life or to prevent injury to him or others, then that shooting is not justified under the law."
— Howard's comments on CNN

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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