10/08/2013

Ga. police investigate shooting death of diabetic man

Drastically conflicting reports say police shot an armed, charging man, and that he was unarmed with his hands up

By PoliceOne Staff

WAYCROSS, Ga. — Police are investigating two very different accounts of an officer-involved shooting that ended with the death of a man suffering from diabetes.

Police say they were responding to a call of a combative, suicidal man, and arrived at the home to find Jack Lamar Roberson armed with two weapons. They say he charged at them before they opened fire, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Roberson’s fiancé, Alicia Herron, told reporters that the family had called 911 because Roberson was having issues with his diabetes and may have taken too much medication. She says that when police arrived, he came out with his hands up, unarmed, but was shot several times in the chest.

Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner said at a news conference Monday that the officers had to protect themselves from Roberson, who had one weapon raised at them as he charged toward them. He would not comment on what kind of weapons the suspect had.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the case, according to the Florida-Times Union. The officers involved are on paid administrative leave. 

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