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Woman shoots man allegedly impersonating officer, claims self-defense

Woman shoots man several times in Buckhead, claims she was being followed
Published: May. 16, 2022 at 4:55 AM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Atlanta police are investigating after a man was shot several times by a woman claiming she was being followed.

It happened on Sunday around 11:35 p.m. along Peachtree Road NE. According to investigators, the woman, who was driving for a ride-share company had dropped off a passenger near Cheshire Bridge Road when a man, later identified as 21-year-old Tyriq Qwadere Wiggins-Younger, attempted to use his vehicle to block her from leaving the area.

The woman fled and Wiggins-Younger pursued her in his own vehicle forcing her to crash near Peachtree Road. Police say Wiggins-Younger then approached the woman who shot him claiming that she feared for her safety.

Atlanta police tell CBS46 Wiggins-Younger claimed to be an off-duty officer attempting to make a traffic stop. He now faces charges of Aggravated Assault, Impersonating a Police Officer, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Related Objects.

At this time the rideshare driver is not facing any charges, police say.

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

Police said if you ever find yourself in a situation, where you believe you are being followed, call 911 right away.