Police fatally shoot man after family calls for medical assistance


Jack Lamar Robersonby: The Huff Post 
published: 10/08/2013

The family of a Georgia man, who was fatally shot by police on Friday, are refuting the officers’ account, saying the killing was unjust.

Police say Jack Lamar Roberson, a 43-year-old father of two, allegedly advanced toward them with two items he was using as weapons. However, Roberson’s family said he was in need of help and wasn’t threatening in any way.

Roberson’s fianceé, Alicia Herron, said she called 911 when she noticed him acting erratically after taking his pills to control his blood sugar. However, officers came to their home instead of paramedics.

According to the Florida Times Union, city police officers said they were responding to a suicide threat, and while en route, they were updated that the man had become combative and had damaged things in the home.

On Monday, Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner said Roberson started “aggressively toward them with two items used as weapons” when authorities entered the property. Tanner went on to say that despite officers’ repeated commands to drop the objects, Roberson gained ground raising one of the weapons “in a threatening manner,” provoking officers to fire.

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