Officer Reginald Fisher shot Tremaine Miller on May 5, 2009.
Fisher had been working an off-duty security job at the City Views Apartments, an apartment building known for drugs, gangs and shootings.
Fisher told investigators he noticed Miller in a park known for drug sales near the apartment complex on Richardson Street.
Fisher testified an encounter escalated after Miller parked illegally in a handicapped parking spot and ignored Fishers attempts to talk with him about it.
Fisher approached Miller’s Dodge Charger with his weapon drawn and ordered Miller to put his hands in the air, authorities said. Fisher said he told authorities he thought Miller was reaching for a gun. But a witness said Miller was unarmed and complying with Fishers demands.
After the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office found that the shooting was unjustified, Fisher was indicted by a grand jury and charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and false imprisonment.
Channel 2’s Jeff Dore was in the courtroom for the verdict and is gathering reaction on Thursday’s verdict.