A 22-year-old Atlanta man accused of trying to break into cars tried to drive away, but was shot and killed by an officer, police said Thursday.
Late Wednesday, an off-duty Atlanta police officer was patrolling the parking lot of a Monroe Drive apartment complex when he spotted a man suspected of breaking into cars, Officer Kim Jones said. The off-duty officer, whose name was not released, called for an additional officers and ran after the suspect, but was unable to catch him, police said.
Deravis Caine Rogers was able to run from the officer and got into a silver car as on-duty officers arrived at the scene, police said. Officers attempted to stop Rogers, but he continued driving, Maj. Adam Lee said.
One of the on-duty officers shot at Rogers, hitting him in the head. Rogers drove a short distance before crashing into an SUV parked at the Cirque Daiquiri Bar and Grill. He was taken by ambulance to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died, police said.
The GBI is investigating the officer-involved shooting. APD Chief George Turner announced in January that the department would no longer investigate its own officer-involved shootings.