Former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe was charged Wednesday with 11 counts, including felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, in the killing of Rayshard Brooks during a confrontation Friday night.
If convicted, Rolfe is facing the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison, USA Today reports.
Arrest warrants have been issued for Rolfe and fellow officer Devin Brosnan, who was also at the scene and is facing three charges.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said Brooks' cordial and cooperative demeanor before the attempt to arrest him played a major role in the decision to charge Rolfe, because Brooks did not appear to present a threat.
"Mr. Brooks never displayed any aggressive behavior during the 41 minutes and 17 seconds'' before Rolfe tried to handcuff him, Howard said.