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Breaking: Atlanta police officer charged with felony murder over fatal OIS of armed suspect in Wendy’s parking lot


The Atlanta police officer who fatally shot a DUI suspect that resisted arrest, fought with officers, stole an officer’s taser and fired it at him, has been charged with felony murder.

The death of Rayshard Brooks, who had police called on him after passing out while in an Atlanta area Wendy’s drive-thru lane, sparked protests throughout the city.

Unlike the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, people have been largely divided on whether the officer who fatally shot Brooks should be even be reprimanded, let alone charged.


Edward Sutelan

The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, Pa.

The killing of Rayshard Brooks by a police officer in Atlanta has been ruled as a homicide.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office announced in a statement on Sunday that the killing of Brooks has been ruled as a homicide. The update was first reported by NBC News.

The statement from the examiner’s office said he had two gunshot wounds on his back “that created organ injuries and blood loss.”

The police had been called on Brooks on Friday on a report that a man was sleeping in his car in a drive through at Wendy’s. In body camera footage released, Brooks is shown to have attempted to run away from police after failing a field sobriety test and taking a stun gun from one of the police, Vic Reynolds, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said.

Reynolds added that Brooks appears to turn and point the weapon at police.

Garrett Rolfe, the officer who shot Brooks, was fired by the Atlanta Police Department, and the second officer on the scene, Devin Brosnan, was put on administrative duty. Neither Rolfe nor Brosnan has been charged with a crime.

The Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields resigned over the shooting.

It was later reported that Rolfe had previously been reprimanded for use of force involving a gun, but the details on his reprimand were vague, according to reports.


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