ATLANTA — Officer Garrett Rolfe was fired from the Atlanta Police Department following the death of Rayshard Brooks.
Brooks was killed in an officer-involved shooting at the Wendy's on University Ave late Friday night, following a stop for a DUI.
Garrett Rolfe was months away from becoming a six-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department and had been recently trained in de-escalation tactics, according to his department record.
In addition to the de-escalation training, he took coursework in April in cultural awareness. This past January, he passed a course entitled "Use of Deadly Force."
Rolfe has also had multiple courses in tactical team operations and firearms training.
He joined the force in September of 2014 and has had more than 2,000 hours of training.
In May 2019, Rolfe was congratulated by the police department for his participation in the High-Intensity Traffic Team Unit.
The unit works to reduce the number of traffic-related injuries and deaths in the city, especially for those involving impaired drivers.
Rolfe was awarded a silver pin for making between 50 and 99 DUI arrests during the year prior to the award.
He's now being charged with felony murder, along with 10 other charges including aggravated assault, criminal damage and violating oath of office.
During a June 17 news conference announcing the charges, District Attorney Paul Howard said that after Brooks was shot, Rolfe stated, "I got him." Howard also said that Rolfe kicked Brooks while Brooks laid on the ground dying.
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