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Ride-Share Driver Shoots Man Impersonating Cop Who Ran Her Off Road

Atlanta, GA – An Atlanta ride-share driver shot a man impersonating a police officer on Sunday after he followed her and ran her off the road.

The incident occurred at about 11:35 p.m. on May 15 on Peachtree Road NE in Buckhead, WGCL reported.

Police said the woman told officers that she dropped off a passenger near Cheshire Bridge Road when a man identified as 21-year-old Tyriq Qwadere Wiggins-Younger tried to block her car in with his vehicle.

The woman managed to get her car out and fled the area, but she told police that Wiggins-Younger followed her, WGCL reported.

She said Wiggins-Younger forced her vehicle to crash outside the Target off Wieuca Road, WSB reported.

After the wreck, Wiggins-Younger approached the woman’s vehicle and told her that he was an off-duty police officer who had been trying to make a traffic stop on her vehicle, WGCL reported.

The woman told police she feared for her life and opened fire on the man, shooting him multiple times.

Responding officers determined the Wiggins-Younger was not a police officer and placed him under arrest before he was transported to the hospital in stable condition, WSB reported.

He was charged with aggravated assault, impersonating a police officer, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug related objects, WGCL reported.

Police said Wiggins-Younger would be transferred to the Fulton County Jail after he is released from the hospital, WSB reported.

No charges have been filed against the ride-share driver who shot Wiggins-Younger, WGCL reported.

“We’re still trying to determine if this was self-defense, or what actually took place, Atlanta Police Public Information Officer Karlo Peek said.

“In this case we do believe that the person in the dark-colored vehicle (the woman) was scared and just trying to get away from this person,” Officer Peek said in a statement.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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