APD suspends officer charged in assault

An Atlanta Police officer charged with illegally shooting a man in the face has been suspended without pay.

Officer Reginald Fisher was arrested May 29 on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and false imprisonment. He was released several hours after his arrest on a $35,000 bond.

Fisher was initially on administrative leave with pay. On Friday, an Atlanta Police spokesman said Fisher is still employed, but been suspended without pay.

Fisher was working off-duty at the City Views at Rosa Burney Park apartments on Richardson Street on May 6 when he shot Tramaine Miller, according to Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr.

The bullet lodged in Miller's cheek. Miller, 28, said he was delivering medication to his quadriplegic aunt when the shooting occurred.

Howard said last month that he anticipates seeking an indictment from a Grand Jury against Fisher before the end of July.

"We have concluded that at the time of the incident, Officer Fisher was acting in the capacity of a private security guard attempting to make an armed arrest of Mr. Miller without sufficient probable cause or legal justification," Howard said following Fisher's arrest.

According to records obtained through the Georgia Open Records Act, Fisher's only disciplinary file shows only an investigation for gun usage. But no details are available because the file refers to an open case.

Fisher, 40, had been with the police department for 17 months and on the street for less than a year.

Records obtained from the Atlanta Fire Department, for which he previously worked for 17 months, showed an acrimonious departure.

Fisher resigned without giving adequate notice, just days before starting at Atlanta's police academy.