1 of 2 officers charged in Rayshard Brooks’ death turns himself in

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ATLANTA — A police officer charged in connection with the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks outside of an Atlanta Wendy’s restaurant turned himself in Thursday morning, records show.

Devin Brosnan, who is charged with aggravated assault and violation of oath, was booked into the Fulton County jail and held on a $30,000 bond.

He walked out of the jail shortly after 12:30 p.m., Channel 2 Action News reported.

Brooks was fatally shot Friday night during a DUI arrest attempt in the parking lot of the University Avenue restaurant.

Garrett Rolfe, the former Atlanta officer accused of shooting Brooks to death, faces 11 charges, including felony murder. District Attorney Paul Howard gave Rolfe a 6 p.m. deadline to turn himself in.

The 41-second struggle that ultimately ended in Brooks’ death began with a 911 call reporting that he had fallen asleep in the restaurant’s drive-thru lane and was blocking it.

Body- and dash-camera footage shows the officers trying to arrest Brooks after a Breathalyzer registered a blood alcohol level of .108.

“I think you’ve had too much to drink to be driving,” Rolfe is heard saying. A struggle ensues, and as Brosnan attempts to handcuff Brooks, he runs away. At some point during the encounter, Brooks grabs Brosnan’s stun gun.

Brooks ran a few steps and then turned, GBI Director Vic Reynolds said during a Saturday afternoon news conference. It was at that moment, Reynolds said, that the officer opened fire.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said an autopsy determined that Brooks suffered organ damage and blood loss from two gunshot wounds.

“His cause of death: gunshot wounds of the back,” an investigator from the medical examiner’s office told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday.

AJC.com has reached out to Brosnan’s attorney, Don Samuel, but has not heard back.

The charges against Brosnan came as a surprise to many. Authorities said Brosnan did not reach for his gun during the exchange with Brooks, even after the man wrestled away his Taser and took off.


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