Raw and Surveillance Video Show Atlanta Police Fatally Shoot Blackman Armed with Officer's Taser

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Fulton County District’s Attorney office are investigating a man’s death in a police shooting at a Wendy’s.

The shooting led to the abrupt resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called for the immediate termination of the officer.

The GBI said 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks of Atlanta was shot and died at a hospital after surgery. An officer was treated for an injury and discharged from the hospital.

Atlanta Police Department first responded to the fast-food location off University Avenue around 10:33 p.m. Friday night. The GBI says officers received a complaint about a man sleeping in a car in the drive-thru and cars having to drive around him.

Officers performed a field sobriety test on the man. The GBI says he failed the test and officers started to place him into custody. He resisted and a struggle happened over a Taser, according to witness reports.

“During the arrest, the male subject resisted and a struggle ensued. The officer deployed a Taser. Witnesses report that during the struggle the male subject grabbed and was in possession of the Taser,” the GBI said. “It has also been reported that the male subject was shot by an officer in the struggle over the Taser.”

GBI Director Vic Reynolds said in a news conference Saturday afternoon that video corroborated the fact that Brooks grabbed an officer’s Taser, ran a few feet away and then pointed it at officers before he was shot.

“He’s fleeing from an Atlanta police officer, and as he’s fleeing he turns back over his shoulder with what appears to the naked eye to be this Taser,” Reynolds.

Reynolds asked for patience from the public as they continue their investigation.

“I humbly and respectfully ask the public to wait a minute and see what we’ve been able to see,” Reynolds said.



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