Garrett Rolfe ,the officer who shot Rayshard Brooks has been fired and may face murder or felony charges, Fulton County district attorney Paul Howard said on Sunday.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard says a decision on charges being brought against an officer involved in the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks will be made “sometime around Wednesday." pic.twitter.com/79xXSWebQM
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CBS46 reports murder or felony murder. Those are the two charges Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said could fit former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe for the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks Friday night.
“There are really three charges that are relevant: one would be the murder charge in the state of Georgia. That charge is a charge that is directly related to an intent to kill,” Howard told CNN’s Frederica Whitfield Sunday afternoon.
“The second charge is felony murder and that is a charge that involves a death that comes as a result of the commission of an underlying felony. In this case, that underlying felony would be aggravated assault.”
Howard continued, “The only other charge that might make any sense at all would be some voluntary manslaughter charge. But I believe in this instance, what we have to choose between, if there’s a choice to be made, is between murder and felony murder.”
Rolfe was fired by Atlanta Police Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the deadly shooting of Brooks in the parking lot of a Wendy’s in Atlanta. Police had been called to the scene because Brooks was asleep in his car and later found to be under the influence, police said.
During a struggle, Brooks took an officer’s stun gun and ran. During the brief pursuit, Brooks allegedly turned toward the officer with the stun gun raised and Officer Rolfe fired his gun, killing Brooks. The entire incident was captured on multiple cameras from multiple angles.