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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More details are emerging in that fatal officer-involved shooting in Albany.

Friday night, an Albany police officer shot and killed 49-year-old Sarah Ann Riggins outside of her home on West Gordon Avenue.

Police were initially called to the home in response to a domestic dispute between Riggins and her boyfriend 61-year-old Eddie Anderson, but several gunshots later it all turned deadly.

And we're hearing more from the GBI on what may have led that officer to shoot.

A sea of blue lights lit the night at 1207 West Gordon where Riggins was shot.

"He said the police are about to go to someone's house, so we just walk to the front yard," said Steve Green.

Green said he and a friend witnessed what happened from across the street.

"Next thing you know we heard gunshots, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop," said Green.

The GBI says one of those shots came from the victim.

Investigators say Riggins had a gun and knife when she exited the house and fired at APD officer Eric Strom.

"We didn't see that we saw the lady with her hands up," said Green.

"First time he shot her she felt to the floor he back up and kept shooting," said Curtis Roberson, Witness.

Officer Strom was not injured, he fired one fatal shot, but the GBI said they are waiting on autopsy results to determine if Riggins was hit more than once.

"She has been a long time friend of me and friends of mine," said Phillip King, Friend.

The GBI said after they have finished their investigation the information will be tuned over to the district attorney's office.

"It's standard procedure when you have an officer involved shooting to bring in an independent agency to preserve the scene and collect the evidence, interview all the witnesses and make a determination of whether there was an appropriate use of force or not," said Greg Edwards, Dougherty D.A.

Officer Eric Strom will be placed on administrative duty while the shooting is investigated.


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