BREAKING: Officer who shot Rayshard Brooks charged with murder, could face death penalty

Per CBS Evening News:

BREAKING: Fulton County, Ga., district attorney announces that former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe, who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks, will face 11 total charges including felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon


Fox News reports Garrett Rolfe, the Atlanta police officer fired after the killing of Rayshard Brooks last week, now faces charges including felony murder, which could potentially lead to the death penalty, a Georgia district attorney announced Wednesday.

Brooks was shot and killed outside a Wendy’s restaurant where he’d apparently fallen asleep in his car in the drive-thru lane. He allegedly failed a field sobriety test — and ultimately was seen wrestling with the officers and running with one of their Tasers leading up to the shooting.

“We’ve concluded, at the time Mr. Brooks was shot, that he did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or officers,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said at a news conference Wednesday.

Rolfe will face at least 11 charges, Howard announced — including felony murder and aggravated assault. The charges include counts in connection with a stray bullet that struck a bystander’s occupied vehicle.

Brooks, 27, was seen running across the parking lot with a bright object in his hand, which the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said was the stolen Taser, as an officer chased him, also carrying what appeared to be a Taser.