A black man who had allegedly fallen asleep in his car while queuing in a drive-thru was shot dead by a police officer, as shown in a shocking video.
Rayshard Brooks, 27, died at a Wendy’s drive-thru in Atlanta, Gerogia, US on Friday night.
Police were called to the fast-food restaurant over reports that Brooks had fallen asleep in the line.
The dad-of-one failed a field a sobriety test and police attempted to take him in custody but he broke free, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Footage, recorded by a witness inside a car, shows Mr Brooks struggling with two cops on the ground outside the Wendy’s before breaking free and running across the car park.
He is briefly seen with what appears to be a police TASER in his hand before running out of view.
Three bangs are heard and the person filming cries out in shock.
Activists have since set on fire and burned down the Wendy’s branch in protest, amid ongoing Black Lives Matter demonstrations over the death of George Floyd.
The death follows the fatal shootings of black healthcare worker Breonna Taylor, 26, and Ahmaud Arbery, 25.
Mr Brooks ran the length of about six cars when he turned back toward an officer and pointed what he had in his hand at the policeman, said Vic Reynolds, director of the GBI at a separate press conference.
“At that point, the Atlanta officer reaches down and retrieves his weapon from his holster, discharges it, strikes Mr Brooks there on the parking lot and he goes down,” Mr Reynolds said.
Lawyers representing Mr Brooks’ family told reporters that Atlanta police had no right to use deadly force even if he had fired the TASER, a non-lethal weapon, in their direction.
“You can’t shoot somebody unless they are pointing a gun at you,” attorney Chris Stewart said.
The police department has terminated the officer who allegedly shot and killed Brooks, while a second cop was put on administrative leave, police spokesman Carlos Campos said.
Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor of Atlanta, said police chief Erika Shields had resigned and will be replaced by deputy chief Rodney Bryant in the interim.