According to Famelous.com an Atlanta police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a man during a car break-in investigation is now being charged in that death.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said former rookie officer James Burns faces charges of Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon, and two counts of Violation of Oath in the death of Devaris Caine Rogers.
The shooting happened on June 22 in the 2100 block of Monroe Drive. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, an off-duty officer put out a call about a suspicious person who he thought was breaking into a car. The off-duty officer was serving as a courtesy officer at the Monroe Place Apartments. Investigators said a foot chase followed.
Burns was one of the responding officers and out of his patrol car when he said he spotted 22-year-old Deravis Rogers. According to Burns, Rogers had already entered a vehicle when Burns opened fire and shot Rogers in the head.
Medics took Rogers to Grady Memorial Hospital where he later died.
Atlanta Police investigators concluded Burns used unnecessary and unreasonable force. Based on the findings of the investigation, Atlanta Police said they moved quickly to fire him.
“We determined right away that the shooting was not something the department could stand behind,” Sergeant Warren Pickard.