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Deravis Caine Rogers, 22
Atlanta, Georgia
June 23, 2016

Agencies: Atlanta Police Department Georgia

Last updated: 8 months ago

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The Atlanta Police Department’s internal affairs investigation into the fatal shooting contains damning new information that undermines the officer’s justification for firing his gun.

Officer James R. Burns admitted to investigators that he shot into a vehicle not knowing if the person driving was the suspect he had been called to an apartment complex in northeast Atlanta to help investigate, according to the internal affairs file into the shooting death of 22-year-old Deravis Caine Rogers.

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On Friday July 15, 2016, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced that arrest warrants were issued and that he will be seeking an indictment against Officer James Burns for felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violation of his oath of office for killing Deravis Caine Rogers.

Rogers' mother says in a federal lawsuit that her unarmed son's civil rights were violated. On July 18, 2016, Melva Rogers sued the city, police Chief George Turner and former officer James Burns, who was fired after the shooting.

On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, a grand jury indicted a former Atlanta police officer for murder and other counts in Rogers' death.