The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the autopsy for the man reportedly shot and killed by Waycross Police officers is scheduled for Monday morning at the GBI crime lab in Savannah.
Special Agent in Charge Russell Mansfield says the GBI cannot release any further information until the investigation is complete, but confirms the investigation includes more than one officer. Mansfield says the Waycross Police Department requested the independent investigation after Friday’s shooting.
Family members say their loved on 43-year-old Jack Lamar Roberson was shot by two police officers Friday afternoon at his residence on Reed Street.
Published reports quoted Waycross Mayor Clarence Billups saying that police officers responded to a report of a man threatening suicide on Reed Street. When officers arrived Roberson was allegedly holding a knife, then lunged at officers.
Billups says this was information passed along to him from his city manager and was never confirmed with the police department. He says it is unclear to him if there was a knife involved.
“The fact is Lamar did not have a weapon, yet he sustained multiple gunshot wounds in front of his mother, fiancé and his daughter,” said Roberson’s cousin.
The family says someone had called 9-1-1 for an ambulance Friday and the police arrived instead
“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,” said Diane Roberson, Roberson’s mother.
Roberson says her son never caused any problems and was dedicated to taking care of her and his daughter.
“Last night I was up all night waiting for him to come in. I listened for him all night long. He didn’t get up this morning to make my coffee and kiss me and tell me ‘momma I love you,'” said Roberson.
Mansfield says it is protocol for the Waycross Police Department to request an independent investigation after a police-involved incident.
First Coast News has tried to contact Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner, but has not received a response a the time of this posting.