A 911 call and subsequent police shooting is getting national attention and stirring controversy after a man in Waycross, Georgia, was shot down by police following a 911 call from his family. The family claims to have called 911 requesting an ambulance to take the diabetic man to the hospital, but police tell another story. GBI has been forced to intervene.
The fact that Jack Lamar Roberson, 43, was gunned down in his home last Friday, October 4, 2013, is not in dispute, but just about everything else about the incident is.
According to Alcia Herron, Roberson’s fiancée, she called 911 because she was worried about the medication Roberson was taking for his diabetes, or not taking, reports are unclear. Instead of sending an ambulance, however, the 911 call center dispatched police. Police say they got a call about a man threatening suicide, and that they were updated en route with information that the man had become combative. According to official reports, when police entered, Roberson raise two weapons, or maybe just one (reports conflict), knives they are now saying, and lunged at the two officers, who responded by shooting him down.
Roberson’s cousin told First Coast News, “The fact is Lamar did not have a weapon, yet he sustained multiple gunshot wounds in front of his mother, fiancée and his daughter.” According to Roberson’s mother, daughter and fiancée, he cooperated with police and his hands were empty. Roberson’s mother Diane told WJXT, “We called 911 for my son cause he wasn’t feeling good, so instead of 911 coming, the police came and they rushed in and my son came out of the kitchen, him and my daughter-in-law. Police rushed in and my son went to the living room door. The police came in, pulled his gun out, my son put his hands up and they shot him, they shot him down.”
The investigation is now in the hands of GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) that has announced plans to perform an autopsy on Roberson’s body. Other than that, Special Agent in Charge Russell Mansfield said that no further information will be released until the investigation is complete, but that more than one officer is being investigated.