Atlanta police officer involved in fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks fired as protests grow

An Atlanta police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a Black man in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant was fired Saturday, hours after the chief resigned as fallout from the shooting swept the department.

Garrett Rolfe, a six-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, was fired, and a second officer, Devin Brosnan, a nearly two-year veteran, was placed on administrative leave for their involvement in the death of Rayshard Brooks, 27, said department spokesman Carlos Campos.

The shooting also led to the resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields, and the Wendy’s where Brooks was shot was engulfed in an arson attack as protests in Atlanta grew on Saturday night. The Wendy’s burned for more than an hour before firefighters extinguished the flames.

The terminated officer was identified as Garrett Rolfe, who was hired in October 2013, and the officer placed on administrative duty is Devin Brosnan, who was hired in September 2018, according to a release from police spokesperson Sgt. John Chafee.

The police department also released body camera and dash camera footage from both officers.

More than 40 minutes elapses between the time Brosnan first knocks on Brooks’ car door while he’s in Wendy’s drive-thru and when gunshots ring out; Rolfe arrives on scene about 16 minutes in.

The shooting is audible in footage from Rolfe’s dash camera and both officers’ body cameras, but wasn’t captured on any of the four recordings provided by police. Both body cameras fall off during the struggle that ensues when Rolfe moves to handcuff Brooks after speaking to him for about 20 minutes, although Brooks is briefly glimpsed being Tased before he’s shot.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation later released a surveillance video which captured the officer who fired three shots to Rayshard’s back until he collapsed to the ground.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, Jr. said in a statement Saturday that his office had already launched an “intense, independent” investigation of the incident.

 

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