Atlanta, GA – A man was fatally shot by Atlanta police Friday night, and the incident is already drawing protesters.
The incident started when police received a call at around 10:33 p.m. for a man asleep in his car blocking the Wendy’s drive-thru off University Ave near I-75/85, according to WXIA.
Officers arrived and contacted the suspect, later identified at 27-year old Rayshard Brooks, and administered field sobriety tests.
After officers developed probable cause that Brooks was under the influence, they attempted to arrest him.
During his arrest, Brooks fought two officers in a full-on brawl, partially captured on video (video below).
Brooks was successfully able to fight off the two officers while disarming one officer of his Taser.
Once Brooks was able to break free of the officers, he took off running with the Taser in his hand.
One of the officers chased close behind, attempting to tase Brooks.
Both officers then chased Brooks off-camera when gunshots rang out.
The video then showed Brooks down on the ground. He was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died after surgery, according to WXIA.
Protesters have already gathered at the Wendy’s in the aftermath of the shooting, according to WAGA.
Protests erupt after an officer-involved shooting landed a man (who protestors say is black) in the hospital.@Atlanta_Police say the DUI suspect grappled with the ofcs as they tried arresting him, taking their taser and reportedly using it.— Emilie Ikeda (@EmilieIkedaFOX5) June 13, 2020
Then an officer fired.@FOX5Atlanta pic.twitter.com/iqBVsd52a7
Video going viral online showed the scene with Brooks on the ground and claimed that he was non-violent and was shot for no reason.
You can see the video of the fight with officers below. Warning – Graphic Content: