Cops: Man shot dead in dispute with Uber Eats driver

Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said in a statement that the Thornton was walking away from Bivines car when they started speaking to each other again causing Thornton to turn around and walk back towards the car. Shots were then fired. Bivines

Police said that Thornton received his food order by 11:30 PM, and walked away from the delivery auto.

Local media reported that 36-year-old Robert Bivines turned himself in on Monday.

"Words may have been exchanged", Brown said.

Thornton was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he later died. Patterson said that when Bivines gave Thornton his food order, Thornton "jerked it" away and cursed at the driver.

Patterson said that Bivines told him that Thornton was agitated by the time Bivines arrived because the driver had issues finding the location.

A spokesman for Uber, which prohibits drivers from carrying weapons, said it was "shocked and saddened by this news".

Bivines fled the scene after the shooting. "After walking away, Thornton returned to the vehicle, put a hand in his pocket, and told Bivines, "'I'm going to f-- you up, '" Patterson says, per WGCL. The 30-year-old graduated from Morehouse College in May with a degree in political science and had recently started working a new job.

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An Uber spokesman said that the company is cooperating with investigators in the shooting.

A man was shot and killed at 2870 Pharr Court South on February 17, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

Drivers for UberEats are considered independent contractors rather than employees of Uber, though they must pass a basic background check.

"Around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night (2/17/18) Atlanta Police responded to a call of a person shot at 2870 Pharr Court South in Buckhead", the Police Department said in a press release.

"Our goal is to ensure that everyone has a safe and reliable ride".

While this is thought to be the first occasion an UberEats delivery driver has been implicated in a murder, the company's hiring standards and commitment to the safety of passengers has been questioned in the past. Uber drivers aren't allowed to carry guns, per the company's policy.

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