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Waycross officer says man lunged with meat fork

Special to SEGAZINE

Jack Lamar Roberson, who was shot to death by Waycross police officers Friday, was lying face down in his home with a meat fork and another black-handled utensil beside him, a city police officer said in a report.

Also, the Waycross Police Department released a recording of a call to Ware County 911 in which the 43-year-old Roberson’s girlfriend, Alicia Herron, told a dispatcher that he had taken two hands full of fluid pills, had consumed alcohol and that he said he wanted to die.

Herron, who identified herself as Alicia Roberson in the 911 call, and Roberson’s mother, Diane, both of whom witnessed the shooting, said he was not armed and had his hands raised when the two officers shot him several times.

In his report, Waycross police Lt. Christopher M. Poole said he went to 1013 Reed Street after hearing on his radio that officers were responding to an attempted suicide. He also heard radio traffic about a knife and then “something about someone being shot,’’ Poole wrote in his report.

When he arrived at the Reed Street house, officer Casey Caswell and Lt. Scott Rowell were on the front porch and Roberson was lying face down just inside the front door, Poole wrote.

A black-handled, two-pronged meat fork was lying near Roberson’s head and another black-handled utensil was lying beside him, Poole wrote.

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