Anzor Sharmaidze, a fighter in the war in the Abkhazia republic, allegedly confessed to firing a single shot at the back of the car on 8 August, the Deputy Prosecutor- General, Vakhtang Varamia, said. Fred Woodruff, who was in the back seat, was hit in the head and killed. US newspapers said he was a CIA agent.
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A Georgian soldier fired the shot that killed a US diplomat outside Tbilisi early this month because the American's car did not stop and pick him up, according to investigators, AP reports from Tbilisi.