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District Attorney calls for Coroner's Inquest

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Prosecutors will use a rare kind of hearing as they investigate a fatal shooting by an Albany Police officer.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards asked Dougherty County coroner Emma Quimbly to call a Coroner's Inquest in the death of 49-year-old Sarah Wiggins.

Witnesses will testify under oath to jurors in public, rather than behind closed doors as they would before a grand jury.

Officer Eric Strom shot Riggins at her West Gordon Avenue home October 23rd.

Several witnesses claim Riggins was not armed, but GBI agents say she had a knife and a gun and fired first.

The jurors will decide whether they think the shooting was justified and make a recommendation to Quimbly, the acting judge.

She'll pass it on to the District Attorney, who will decide whether to pursue grand jury indictments.

No date for the inquest has been set.

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