UPDATE: The name of the MARTA officer involved in the shooting was released on Monday. Officer Robert Waldo has been with MARTA since 2008. MARTA officials also had more to say about the shooting itself.
MARTA officials contend the teenager killed by their transit officer was armed, despite contradictory claims by the dead man’s brother who said he witnessed the shooting.
“We think this was a legitimate and justified [shooting] incident,” said MARTA spokesman Lyle Harris.
MARTA and GBI are asking for anyone with information on the shooting to contact them.
ATLANTA (WAOK/AJC)-The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and MARTA Police are investigating the fatal shooting of an Atlanta man at a MARTA station Saturday night. MARTA spokesman Lyle Harris said Sunday morning that a MARTA officer shot and killed a man outside the Vine City train station at about 10:20 p.m.
Harris would not comment on what prompted the shooting.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office identified the victim as Joetavius Stafford, 19, of Atlanta.
The shooting happened near the Georgia Dome, where high school football games were played Saturday night.
The victim’s brother, Rodney Stafford, said his brother was involved in an altercation at the train station when a shot was fired into the air by someone in the crowd. Rodney Stafford said he then saw a MARTA police officer run towards the fight and shoot at his brother, striking him three times in the back.