As three police units responded, Mr. Burns attempted to block the path of a 2011 Ford Fusion that was leaving the scene, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. The vehicle made no attempt to strike Mr. Burns, who was standing at the rear of his patrol car when he fired one shot into the Fusion’s passenger side, according to the statement. Mr. Rogers was struck in the head and his vehicle crashed into a parked car.
Mr. Howard said that Mr. Burns was not provided with any information characterizing Mr. Rogers as a threat, nor as being the man the off-duty officer had reported. The case will be presented to a grand jury next month.