The family of Jack Lamar Roberson never thought that he would be gunned down by police when they sought medical attention for the diabetic.
But that’s exactly what happened when an ambulance was called for Roberson.
Georgia police say they were responding to a report of an attempted suicide. While en route, they were told the man was combative.
“He didn’t have nothing in his hands at any time or period at all before they came, any time while they were here, anything. They just came in and shot him. He didn’t say nothing, the police didn’t say nothing, anything, it was like a silent movie. You couldn’t hear anything, all you could hear were the gun shots go off and I seen them going into his body and he just fell down,” cried Alcia Herron, Roberson’s fiance. Herron said she called 911 to call an ambulance for Roberson. She said she was worried about medication he took for his diabetes, but instead of paramedics, officers arrived at the home on Reed Street.
Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner said Roberson had weapons in his hand, ignoring requests to drop them. The department also stated that he lunged at officers.
Diane Roberson said her son did not have any weapons in his hands. “It’s pain, it’s a mother’s pain, her first born to be shot down in her face. My granddaughter’s got to have intense therapy,” Roberson told First Coast News.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the matter, and the two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.
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