A Fulton County grand jury has indicted former Atlanta police officer James Burns on murder charges, according to a report from our broadcast partner CBS46.

Burns shot and killed Deravis Caine Rogers, 22, in June. Atlanta’s Police Chief George Turner later fired Burns after an internal investigation found that Rogers posed no threat to the officer. Burns had just arrived at an apartment complex in Midtown to assist another officer who had reported a car break-in.

Burns claimed he fired a shot at Rogers because he was trying to run him over with his vehicle, but an internal review said dash-cam videos proved the officer’s claim had no merit.


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.