Rayshard Brooks shooting: Death ruled homicide; autopsy confirms 2 gunshots to the back, report says

Rayshard Brooks shooting: Death ruled homicide; autopsy confirms 2 gunshots to the back, report says
This screen grab taken from body camera video provided by the Atlanta Police Department shows Rayshard Brooks speaking with Officer Garrett Rolfe in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant, late Friday, June 12, 2020, in Atlanta. Rolfe has been fired following the fatal shooting of Brooks and a second officer has been placed on administrative duty. (Atlanta Police Department via AP) (AP)

Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot by Atlanta police Friday night in a Wendy’s parking lot after a struggle with authorities during a sobriety check.

The shooting led to the resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields and sparked a demonstration where hundreds of protesters marched through the city, setting fire to the restaurant where Brooks, 27, was killed and blocking traffic on part of the highway.

Live updates for Sunday, June 14, continue below:

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Rayshard Brooks’ wife says police have destroyed her family

Update 9:23 p.m. EDT June 14: The wife of a man gunned down by Atlanta police outside a Wendy’s said she and her husband prayed over police brutality against black men -- but never thought it would happen to them, WSB-TV reported.

In an interview with ABC News, Tomika Miller said her husband, 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, was a family man who was devoted to his three young daughters and stepson.

Read more here.

DA: Murder, felony murder both possible charges in Rayshard Brooks slaying

Update 8:43 p.m. EDT June 14: Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard told CNN on Sunday that the decision to charge an officer involved in the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks will be made “sometime around Wednesday.”

The three charges being considered against Garrett Rolfe, the Atlanta officer who killed Brooks, include murder, felony murder and voluntary manslaughter, Howard told CNN’s Fredericka Whitfield.

“[Brooks] did not seem to present any threat to anyone. The fact that it would escalate to his death seems unreasonable,” Howard said.

Rayshard Brooks autopsy shows he was shot in the back twice, medical examiner says

Update 8:03 p.m. EDT June 14: Rayshard Brooks was shot twice in the back, according to a news release issued by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office Sunday.

The autopsy, performed Sunday, lists Brooks’ cause of death as gunshot wounds to the back and the manner of death as homicide, WSB-TV reported.

The report also noted organ damage and blood loss from the gunshot wounds caused his death, the station reported.

DA confirms Rayshard Brooks autopsy performed, ‘difficulty’ getting full camera footage

Update 4:49 p.m. EDT June 14: Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard issued a statement late Sunday afternoon confirming an autopsy has been performed on Rayshard Brooks but noting his office has had “difficulty” obtaining the complete camera footage from Friday’s shooting.

“We are still experiencing some difficulty in obtaining all of the body cam and dash cam footage from the Atlanta Police Department," the statement says.

Police looking for person they believe is responsible for setting Wendy’s fire

Update 2:36 p.m. EDT June 14: Atlanta police released photos of a woman they say is responsible for starting the fire that destroyed a Wendy’s Saturday night, WSB-TV reported.

Crime Stoppers of Atlanta is offering a $10,000 reward for information that will lead to arrests. Officials are also looking for information if any other individuals are responsible for the arson.

The fire destroyed the fast-food restaurant off University Avenue, where 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by an Atlanta officer the night before. The investigation into his death is ongoing.

Atlanta police release body cam footage of shooting

Update 12:02 p.m. EDT June 14: Atlanta police released the body camera footage from the officers involved in the death of Rayshard Brooks Sunday, WSB-TV reported.

The footage is of former officer Garrett Rolfe, who has been fired and Devin Brosnan, who was put on administrative duty.

Brooks, 27, was shot and killed by Rolfe in the Wendy’s parking lot Friday night.

Officer fired after fatal shooting

Update 8:54 a.m. EDT June 14: The Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks Friday night in a Wendy’s parking lot has been fired.

The Atlanta police department announced early Sunday that Officer Garrett Rolfe, a veteran with the department who was hired in October 2013, was fired and Devin Brosnan, who was hired in September 2018, was placed on administrative duty.

The deadly confrontation reportedly began because of a complaint about Brooks sleeping in a car blocking the Wendy’s drive-thru. Brooks reportedly failed a field sobriety test, then resisted arrest. During a struggle with officers, Brooks grabbed a Taser and ran. He appears to point it while fleeing, and then was shot three times.

Police Chief Erika Shields resigned Saturday afternoon.

“I offered to step aside as police chief. APD has my full support, and Mayor Bottoms has my support on the future direction of this department,” Shields said in a statement. "I have faith in the Mayor, and it is time for the city to move forward and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.