Former Atlanta Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Rayshard Brooks is Charged With Murder

Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe.
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The former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant was charged with felony murder, the district attorney’s office announced.

Garrett Rolfe, who was fired by the Atlanta Police Department following the June 12 shooting, faces 11 total charges, district attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. said at a news conference Wednesday.

A second officer, Devin Brosnan, was placed on administrative leave.

Brosnan faces three charges, including aggravated assault. Howard said Brosnan stood on Brooks’ body after the shooting and Rolfe kicked him.

The district attorney is asking both men to surrender by 6 p.m. Thursday.

Brooks, a Black man, was killed in the parking lot of the Wendy’s after Rolfe and Brosnan responded to a 911 call about a man who appeared intoxicated sleeping in his car in the drive-thru.

The 27-year-old father was shot twice in the back as he ran and died at a hospital following surgery. His death has been ruled a homicide.

In the 911 call, a Wendy’s employee told the dispatcher that the customer was parked in the middle of the drive-thru, forcing cars to go around his vehicle. When the dispatcher asked if the customer had any visible weapons, the employee said, “No, no. I think he’s intoxicated.”

Brooks was questioned by Rolfe and Brosnan for more than 25 minutes, body and dash-camera video shows. He told the officers that he visited his mother’s gravesite earlier in the day, went out drinking with a friend and was dropped off at Wendy’s because he was hungry.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Minyvonne Burke