Rayshard Brooks Cause Of Death Ruled A Homicide


Georgia Bureau of Investigations ruled Sunday that the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks outside an Atlanta Wendy's was a homicide.


27-year-old Brooks died after he was shot twice in the back on Friday, the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office said in a statement. Brooks was shot after a running away from two Atlanta police officers in the parking lot.


Police received a called that a man sleeping in his car in the drive-through.


Brooks struggled with the officers after being taken into custody for failing a field sobriety test. Multiple videos appears to show Brooks running away from the officers with a taser that he'd snatched from one of them, said Vic Reynolds, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.


While running, Brooks appeared to turn around and point the weapon at police, Reynolds said

"At that point, the Atlanta officer reaches down and retrieves his weapon from his holster, discharges it, strikes Mr. Brooks there on the parking lot, and he goes down."

L. Chris Stewart, an attorney for Brooks' family, said Brooks shouldn't have faced deadly force because he appeared to have a stun gun.


"Of extreme concern in the murder of Rayshard Brooks is the fact that he was shot in the back multiple times while fleeing,"

Stewart and law partner Justin Miller said in a statement Saturday.


The city’s police Chief Erika Shields stepper down over the shooting, saying in a statement that

"it is time for the city to move forward and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve."

The officer who shot Brooks, Garrett Rolfe was terminated. Devin Brosnan, the other officer involved was placed on administrative leave.

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