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Police shooting findings to be released today

ALBANY -- Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said that he will make public today his findings into the officer-involved shooting of Sarah Riggins, who died after being shot by an Albany police officer last October.

GBI officials have said that initial indications were that Riggins fired shots at Albany Police Department Officer Eric Strom, prompting him to return fire. Family members have publicly disputed that contention.

Strom remains on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, APD spokesperson Phyllis Banks said.

Police initially responded to a report of a domestic dispute at the home of Eddie Anderson on West Gordon Avenue. Upon arrival, Riggins was seen brandishing a .357 Magnum handgun and a knife, GBI Special-Agent-in-Charge Mike Lewis said.

Lewis said that indications are that Riggins fired twice, prompting Strom to discharge his service pistol, killing Riggins.

Following the shooting, the APD called in the GBI to conduct the investigation, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings, Lewis said at the time.

Riggins' family disputed the timeline of events, saying neighbors had told them that Riggins was unarmed.

Some individuals purporting to be neighbors did tell local television stations that they witnessed the incident and that Riggins was unarmed.

The news conference is set for 1 p.m. at the District Attorney's Office.