Ex- Atlanta police officer, James Burns, who fired blindly into a car that killed 22-year old Deravis Caine Rogers, has turned himself in to authorities at the Fulton County jail, according to 11 Alive News. He has been booked on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault.
Burns originally told told investigators that he shot blindly into the passenger window of the car not even knowing if that was the same car he was called out to investigate. According to the Atlanta Constitution Journal, he also argued that he shot into the car because the driver tried to run him over. But dashboard cameras determined that was a lie ( surprise, surprise).
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard says he plans on taking the case to grand jury next month after their investigation determined Burns used excessive force. Howard said they will proceed with this case in the same manner they would anyone else “arrest, indictment and resolution”. The victims father told reporters that his son’s killing was “murder”.
Burn’s arrest came after tension between Black Lives Matter protesters and police came to an all time high. Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Atlanta for a police protest which eventually led to a standoff with police.