Shooting At MARTA Station-UPDATE

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.


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  • GARY

    Here we go again. They got to stop doing this . police think that they are untouchable, they do things as if they know there going to get away. We have to put a stop to these things.That Pig needs to be charged with murder.

  • Taliba

    Agree with everything you said Gary.

  • Bro. LL

    My comment is: We need to come together in order to stop the injustices from happening. We never come together we just come to the same place. We need to learn how to really come together but to do that the people must first want to come together not just come to the same place. I for one am ready to really come together.

  • Bro. Cal

    We should never allow anyone with this little regard for a human, and especially your love one, to continual to exist the same without consequence. As long as we don’t care any more for one another, the evil doers don’t have to give a second though in these type actions. I pray to the energies, the spirits, the god, or whatever you call, the day we wake up who we are and show the evil ones what some things feel. There are some things that is just worth dieing for.

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