Atlanta man shot in face by cop confronts shooter in court

Tramaine Miller faced Atlanta police Officer Reginald Fisher on Tuesday for the first time since May when, prosecutors say, the off-duty cop shot him in the face.

A Fulton County grand jury indicted Fisher on two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and violation of his oath as a police officer for the May 5 incident.

"Tramaine was very traumatized to have to face the man that tried to kill him," Miller's attorney Mawuli Mel Davis said.

Police officers are allowed to sit in on any indictment hearings against them, and Fisher said the officer-involved shooting was justified.

Atlanta police officials declined to comment about the indictment, but said that Fisher, 40, remains suspended without pay.

Fisher could not be reached Tuesday night for comment.

Fisher was working security at the City Views at Rosa Burney Park apartments in southeast Atlanta the night of the incident. But police had not authorized the first-year officer to take the job, police said.

He allegedly shot at Miller from close-range, hitting the 27-year-old Miller in the lower left jaw. Fisher told investigators at the scene that he thought Miller was reaching for a weapon.

A witness several yards away said he saw Miller unarmed, with his hands raised in the air, offering Fisher no resistance.

Miller was not involved in any illegal activity, as Fisher suspected, but was at the apartment to help his quadriplegic aunt take her medicine, court officials said.

Fisher turned himself in to police and was released the same day from the Fulton County Jail on $35,000 bond.

Miller spent significant time in the hospital and underwent surgery to remove the bullet lodged in his jaw.

He has since filed a civil law suit against Fisher and against the City Views apartment complex, citing among other things, emotional distress, and false imprisonment.

Atlanta police initially placed Fisher on on administrative leave, but later suspended him.

In July, while out on bond, Fisher was involved in a domestic violence incident in Clayton County for which charges are pending against him.

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