Fired Officer Garrett Rolfe Charged with Felony Murder in Rayshard Brooks’ Death

Fired Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe, who fatally shot a 27-year-old black man, Rayshard Brooks, in a Wendy’s parking lot last week, was charged with felony murder today.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced the charges on Wednesday for Rolfe and officer Devin Brosnan who was also on the scene.

Rolfe is facing 11 counts including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to USA Today, if convicted, Rolfe is facing the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison.

Officer Brosnan, who’s been placed on administrative leave, is facing two charges of violations of oath and aggravated assault for standing on Brooks’ shoulder.

Brooks was shot by Rolfe on Friday night after police responded to call about Brooks being asleep in his car in the restaurant’s drive-thru lane.

Footage released shows the inebriated Brooks calmly speaking and cooperating with the cops for over 40 minutes.

“Mr. Brooks never displayed any aggressive behavior during the 41 minutes and 17 seconds,” said DA Howard Wednesday.

The situation escalated when the officers attempted to handcuff Brooks. Footage shows Brooks wrestling with the officer and getting a taser from them.

Brooks broke free of the officers grasps and while running away, Rolfe fired multiple shots hitting Brooks in the back.

According to DA Howard, Rolfe said “I got him” and kicked Brooks’ body after shooting him as Brosnan stood on Brooks’ shoulders while Brooks was “fighting for his life.”

As CBS News reports, Brosnan has agreed to become a cooperating witness for the state and testify against Rolfe, Howard said, adding that prosecutors are recommending a bond of $50,000 in exchange for his cooperation.

DA Howard said Brosnan is one of the first officers in Fulton County to testify against someone in his own department.

Arrest warrants for Rolfe and Brosnan have been issued.

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