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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In an unusual move, the Dougherty District Attorney will take witnesses in a police shooting before a grand jury to tell their stories.

The GBI says the shooting on Gordon Avenue 10 days ago was justified, that Sarah Riggins fired 2 shots at the officer who killed her.

But her neighbors tell a different story. So the DA says he'll let the grand jury sort it out.

Moments after 49-year old Sarah Riggins was shot by an Albany Police Officer, at least a half dozen people came forward and claimed to have seen everything.

Steve Green said "next thing you know we heard gunshots." "Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop."

Even the GBI and Riggins' own boyfriend say Riggins had a gun and a knife, people in the neighborhood dispute that.

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

Curtis Roberts said  "first time he shot her, she fell to the floor. He backed up and kept shooting."

So in a rare move, District Attorney Greg Edwards will take the conflicting stories and the people who tell them to a grand jury.

Edwards says he believes the GBI's account of what happened, and those who dispute it can tell what they saw under oath.

Edwards said "Going to be requiring they come to the Grand Jury so everything can be aired out and heard by the Grand Jury, to decide what will be the appropriate way to approach this particular case."

The GBI says so far they have found nothing wrong with the Officers' conduct in this shooting, but the investigation is still going on.

The D.A. Says anyone who lies to the grand jury will be charged with perjury and could get up to five years in prison.

Officer Strom remains on administrative leave while the Investigation continues.

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