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911 call reveals Waycross man was 'combative'

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Jack Lamar Roberson

WAYCROSS, Ga. -- Waycross Police released a 9-1-1 call made by Jack Lamar Roberson's fiance Friday afternoon.

The call and the police report shed new light on the case involving a man shot by Waycross police last week

The incident report says Roberson, 45, was holding a two-prong meat fork and a black handled kitchen utensil when he was shot.

A Waycross police officer said it was a knife. 

Officer Casey Caswell and Lieutenant Scott Rowell said Roberson was holding the items in a threatening manner and lunged at them right before they fired.

RELATED: Family of man shot by Waycross Police refute officers' story

Roberson's family members maintained he didn't have anything in his hands and also said Roberson was not aggressive, but those comments contradict a 9-1-1 call.

9-1-1 Operator: "Is he combative at all?"

Alicia Herron: "Yeah, he threw the refrigerator down and threw glass everywhere and stuff and he broke the TV and everything."

The 9-1-1 call was a request for an ambulance after Roberson had mixed a handful of medication for his diabetes with alcohol. Waycross Police said it is protocol for officers to respond to suicide and suicide attempt calls to render the scene safe for EMS workers.  

9-1-1 Operator: "Has he made any threats in reference to suicide?"

Alicia Herron: "He says he wants to die, but I don't know."

Despite the 9-1-1 call, the family said Roberson was not suicidal and the situation should have been handled differently.

The police-involved shooting was the third that the department has had in the last five years. Friday's was the only one that was fatal. 

In April 2012, Andrew Poole, 27, was reportedly shot by a police officer.

"I heard footsteps, I know it wasn't my girlfriend so I got up to the door and I opened the door and then I seen the man, I seen the officer with the gun so I just quickly shut the door and I throw my hands up and I said look don't shoot and before I could say that, he shot," said Poole.

Poole was shot in the stomach and said he spent months in the hospital recovering. 

Waycross Police said the officer was let in the home to look for someone to interview in regards to an unsolved murder and felt threatened by Poole coming out the room. 

It was later determined that Poole was not the person being sought.

First Coast News has requested information to learn if the officer in that case faced any disciplinary action. The Department confirms he is still an officer with the Waycross Police Department.

Officer Casey Caswell and Lieutenant Scott Rowell have been placed on paid administrative leave after the October 4 fatal shooting. 

According to the Waycross Police Department, Caswell has been with the department since 2002 and lieutenant Rowell since 2005.

First Coast News

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