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Lawyer: Police who shot Jack Roberson used exessive force

12:20 PM, Oct 16, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An Atlanta lawyer who says he's representing the family of a south Georgia man shot to death by police inside his home says officers used excessive force.

Christopher Chestnut, representing the family of 45-year-old Jack Lamar Roberson, addressed the media Wednesday in advance of Roberson's funeral, according to a release from Chestnut's office.

The 45-year-old's mother has said her son was unarmed and wasn't warned by police before officers fired.

Waycross police have said officers shot Roberson to protect themselves. A police report says officers fired on Roberson after he lunged at them with a large meat fork and what appeared to be a knife.

Roberson's fiancé called 911 asking for an ambulance. She said Roberson took "a couple handfuls of pills" with liquor, but said he wasn't threatening anyone in the home.

Roberson's funeral is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday in Waycross, Georgia.

Chestnut has represented other high profile clients locally including Christopher Chaney, dubbed the Hollywood Hacker, and the family of Robert Champion, the Florida A&M Marching 100 drum major who was killed during a hazing incident.

Contributing: Associated Press

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