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Officers in Friday's fatal shooting on administrative leave

12:34 PM, Oct 7, 2013   |    comments
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WAYCROSS, Ga. -- Officers involved in Friday's fatal shooting were placed on administrative leave, according to Waycross Police Department Chief of Police Tony Tanner.

The officers are on leave pending on the outcome of the investigation by Georgia Bureau of Investigations.

At 4:28 p.m. on October 4, the officers responded to the 1000 block of Reed Street in reference to an attempted suicide. While on the way to the scene the officers were informed that the man, who has been identified as 43-year-old Jack Lamar Roberson, became combative and had damaged items in the home.

According to Tanner, Roberson came toward the officers aggressively armed with two items used as weapons. The officers were retreating and yelled repeatedly for him to stop and drop the weapons, but Roberson came towards the officers and raised one of the weapons in a threatening manner.

Both officers fired at Roberson to stop him from assault, according to Tanner. Roberson died from his wounds at the scene.

"I saw my son go down with his hands up in the air, Lord Jesus, he had nothing in his in hands, we don't even own a decent kitchen knife and they shot my baby down," Diane Roberson, Roberson's mother, told First Coast News.

Diane says her son never caused any problems and was dedicated to taking care of her and his daughter.

GBI and Waycross police are currently investigating the incident.

First Coast News

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