Atlanta police officer James Burns was charged with felony murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man, Deravis Caine Rogers.
“I didn’t know to block that particular car. I shot at the car who was trying to run me over and kill me,” Burns told investigators one week after the June 22 shooting.
Burns, who was fired from the APD on July 1 after an internal investigation found the evidence, did not match his version of events that led to Rogers’ shooting death outside a northeast Atlanta apartment complex. A including a pair of dashcam videos contradicted his account.
He admitted to investigators that he fired into the vehicle not knowing whether or not Rogers was the suspect he had been called to the apartment complex to help investigate, according to the police investigation.
James Burns was also charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violation of his oath of office in Rogers’ murder. Atlanta district attorney Paul Howard said he would take the case to a grand jury early next month.