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Uber Eats driver wanted by Atlanta police in delivery shooting

An Uber Eats driver said he acted in self-defense when he opened fire on a customer during a delivery in Atlanta on Saturday.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as 30-year-old as Ryan Thornton, his family told WXIA-TV.

An Uber Eats driver has been charged with killing one of his customers late Saturday night, just days after he started working for the company.

The victim, Ryan Thornton age 30, was transported to a nearby hospital but has since passed from his injuries.

Atlanta police said in a statement they had a warrant charging Bivines with felony murder.

Thornton had gotten the food from the driver and turned to walk away when the shooting occurred. Robert Bivines, 36, of Atlanta turned himself in Monday afternoon, his lawyer said.

Bivines was arrested on aggravated assault charges about 10 years ago.

After shots were fired, the driver left in a white Volkswagen, police said.

She told Channel 2 that Thornton, angry about how long the delivery had taken, threatened Bivines and started walking towards his vehicle, motioning at his pocket. He predicted Uber Eats will be the largest food-delivery company in the world this year.

An UberEats delivery driver is wanted by cops for fatally gunning down a customer in Atlanta.

Now, Bivines remains silent by the suggestions of his legal representation, who has been handling all the questions posed as they arrived at the Atlanta Police Department this morning.

Thornton had reportedly snatched the food from the driver's hand and said he was going to "f*** him up" as he reached for his jacket, CNN reported.

CBS46 checked Uber's policy on drivers carrying guns, and we've learned that the company, "prohibits riders and drivers from carrying firearms of any kind in a vehicle while using our app".



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