Fox 5 reports former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe and Officer Devin Brosnan surrendered to authorities a day after the Fulton County District Attorney filed charges against them in connection to the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks.
Brosnan turned himself around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Fulton County Jail records show. Rolfe surrendered within 5 hours later.
Officer Devin Brosnan, 26, was escorted by his attorney Don Samuel arrived at the Fulton County jail about 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Brosnan faces aggravated assault and two counts of violation of oath of office. He was in and out of the jail in two hours, after posting a $50,000 signature bond.
A huge bank of local and national cameras awaited the officer when he left the jail.
Brosnan’s attorney responded to DA Paul Howard’s claim that the officer stood on Brook’s shoulders after he was shot twice in the back. Attorney Don Samuel said his client suffered a concussion and did not realize who shot whom initially.
“Mr. Brooks is alive he is talking, he’s moving. He is initially, for a matter of seconds, concerned about whether he has access to a weapon. He knows Mr. Brooks has his Taser. He puts his foot down on his arm just to make sure he doesn’t have a weapon. It is like 6 seconds to stabilize the scene. And the DA calls that aggravated assault?” Attorney Samuel questions.
He believes the charges are unreasonable.
Rolfe, the officer who pulled the trigger, faces 11 charges, including felony murder and multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon. The felony murder charge against Rolfe, 27, carries life in prison or the death penalty if prosecutors decide to seek it.
The district attorney’s office recommended no bond. Rolfe hired a new attorney who responded to the charges.
“Mr. Brooks chose to attack two officers, to disarm one of them, and to point and fire a deadly weapon at Officer Rolfe, he took their lives, and his own, into his hands. He took the risk that their justified response might be a deadly one. Nobody is here to applaud the death of Mr. Brooks. He was a father, he was a member of his community, and his death was a tragedy. But not every tragedy is a crime,” defense attorney Noah Pines responded.