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.
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.
The charges against Brosnan came as a surprise to many, AJC.com reported. 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.
Asia Simone Burns is a watchdog reporter for the AJC. Burns was formerly an intern in AJC’s newsroom and now writes about crime. She is a graduate of Samford University and has previously reported for NPR and WABE, Atlanta’s NPR member station.