MARTA police shot and killed a man outside the Vine City Station late Saturday night, police said. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is now handling the case.
"My brother threw his hands up, and because he threw his hands up the MARTA police shot him in the back. Pow. Then, my brother was on the ground looking at me," Rodney Stafford told Channel 2’s George Howell.
MARTA later identified the officer involved as Robert Waldo, 31, who has been with the department since 2008.
Investigatores are not yet saying why Waldo opened fire, but Stafford said the shooting happened after his brother, Joetavius, 19, got into a scuffle with several other men.
“As I'm turning around coming back past the car, I see a MARTA police running past me with his gun drawn. As he was drawing his gun, I'm like no brother no," Stafford said
He said his brother had his hands up when he was shot three times. A GBI representative said they are still gathering facts about the shooting and reviewing witness statements.
MARTA police are not yet releasing the name of the officer, but he is on administrative leave with pay as the investigation continues.