Ex-cop charged with killing Rayshard Brooks moved to Gwinnett County jail

Garrett Rolfe
Garrett Rolfe

Credit: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

Hours after turning himself in to the Fulton County jail to face charges in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe has been moved to a neighboring county’s jail.

Rolfe, who is accused of shooting Brooks to death in the parking lot of an Atlanta Wendy’s last week, will be housed in the Gwinnett County jail without bond, according to online jail records. He faces 11 charges, including a count of felony murder.

He is scheduled to appear in a Fulton County Magistrate Court at noon Friday. It’s unclear if he will be transferred to court to make an in-person appearance or if it will be via video conference.

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Rolfe’s co-defendant, Officer Devin Brosnan, turned himself in to jail Thursday morning and was released hours later on a $50,000 signature bond. He faces a count of aggravated assault and three counts of violation of oath in connection with Brooks’ death.

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Officer Devin Brosnan
Officer Devin Brosnan

Brooks was fatally shot Friday night during a DUI arrest attempt in the parking lot of the University Avenue restaurant. He was found sleeping in the Wendy’s drive-thru, leading an employee to call 911 and ask for police.

Body and dash camera footage shows the officers trying to arrest Brooks after a breathalyzer registered a blood alcohol level of .108. A struggle ensued, with Brooks eventually grabbing Brosnan’s Taser.

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The first 29 minutes don’t prepare you for the all-too-familiar tragedy that follows: a white police officer, a black male victim, lethal gunshots and questions about whether any of it was justified. It happened again in Atlanta Friday night, when Officer Garrett Rolfe fired three times at a fleeing Rayshard Brooks. Both men, 27 years old. The shooting would set off a stunning chain of events, culminating in the resignation early Saturday night by Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. (Video edited by Ryon Horne, Christian Boone)

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, thatRolfe 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.

Rayshard Brooks
Rayshard Brooks

Both suspects have maintained their innocence, and their legal teams have defended their actions.

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Since the charges were announced Wednesday afternoon, Atlanta police has experienced a "higher than usual" number of officers failing to show up for work. The department maintains that it has plenty of officers on the job to handle 911 calls and crime throughout the city.

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