Former Atlanta police officer James Burns, wanted on a felony murder warrant following the shooting death of a young, black man outside an apartment complex in June, has turned himself in to authorities.

According to a report from CBS46, Burns turned himself in to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office just before noon on Saturday. He’s been charged with two counts of violation of oath of public officer, felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

No bond has been issued and Burns is expected to appear in court at 11 a.m. on Monday.

Burns was responding to a call at the Monroe Place apartments in Midtown on June 22 to assist an off-duty officer who saw a suspicious person thought was breaking into vehicles and who ran from him on foot. Burns shot and killed Deravis Caine Rogers, 22, as he drove away from the scene. The investigation determined there was no evidence of actual car break-ins in the complex or anything linking Rogers to criminal activity that night.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.