Atlanta’s ABC News affiliate reports:
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields has resigned following the death of a black man at the hands of an Atlanta police officer last night.
Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot and killed after a confrontation with police outside an Atlanta Wendy’s. Video released by the GBI appears to show Brooks take a Taser from an officer, run from police and then fire it at them before he was shot.
Bottoms said Saturday that she believes it was an unnecessary use of deadly force and she has called on the officer’s immediate termination. The officer’s name has not been released.
GBI Director Vic Reynolds said Saturday that his department obtained surveillance video of the incident from Wendy’s and reviewed video witnesses posted on social media.
Surveillance video shows Brooks running away with what appears to be the officer’s Taser, Reynolds said.
According to the video, Brooks ran the length of about five to seven parking spaces before turning around and pointing the Taser at the officer, Reynolds said.
“At that point, the Atlanta officer reaches down and retrieves his weapon from his holster, discharges it, strikes Mr. Brooks there on the parking lot and he goes down,” Reynolds said.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms calls for the “immediate termination” of the police officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks last night. She also announced that Atlanta’s Police, Chief Ericka Shields, voluntarily stepped down. pic.twitter.com/aN6c7tlEUh
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) June 13, 2020
BREAKING: Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields has resigned after Rayshard Brooks’ death, will be reassigned. WATCH LIVE: https://t.co/izwmSdUyF3 pic.twitter.com/DAVEgv9x1k
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) June 13, 2020
BREAKING: VIDEO: A man was fatally shot by #Atlanta police overnight. There’s a struggle on the ground after state investigators say he resisted arrest after a DUI stop at a Wendy’s. The actual shooting is just off camera. pic.twitter.com/ShxriFNHS9
— Dakarai Turner (@Dakarai_Turner) June 13, 2020