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Posted: October 24, 2011

GBI Seeks MARTA Shooting Witness

By Veronica Waters

Atlanta, GA None —

With conflicting sides to the story of this month's fatal shooting of a man outside a MARTA station, the GBI is seeking a witness to help sort it out.

Nineteen-year-old Joetavious Stafford was shot to death by MARTA police officer Robert Waldo outside the Vine City train station the night of October 15.  Stafford's brother Rodney contends the 31-year-old officer shot an unarmed Joetavious, then twice more while he was on the ground.

MARTA says that witnesses have told investigators that Stafford was, in fact, armed.  There had been a fight near the station, to which Waldo had responded.

An autopsy confirmed that the 19-year-old was shot in the chest and back, but was inconclusive on the point of whether he was shot while lying on the ground. 

Now, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is seeking the public's help in identifying a man who may be an eyewitness to the gunfire.  They've reviewed MARTA surveillance video and pulled still shots from the footage to help find him.

He is wearing a white baseball cap with a blue "Polo" logo and a blue "Polo" jacket with white stripes on the sleeves.

GBI agents have already located one eyewitness by reviewing video from MARTA security cameras.

Anyone with information on the identity of this man is asked to call the GBI Tip Line at 1 (800) 597-8477.  All calls will be kept confidential.