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Waycross police say suicidal man charged at officers before shooting

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Updated: 10/07/2013 8:04 pm
WAYCROSS, Ga. -- The chief of the Waycross Police Department released new information about last Friday's police shooting.

Chief of Police Tony Tanner said police were called to Jack Roberson's home around 4 p.m. and Roberson appeared to be suicidal.

On the way to his home, officers got another call warning them he had become combative and started damaging items inside his home. Tanner told Action News that, as police entered Roberson's home, Roberson started charging the two officers with two weapons.

"The officers started retreating and yelled repeatedly for Mr. Roberson to stop and drop the weapon," said Tanner. "Mr. Roberson gained ground on the officers and raised one of the weapons in a threatening manner to officers. Both officers fired to stop Mr. Roberson from assaulting them. Regretfully, Mr. Roberson died at the scene from his wounds."

Tanner said both officers are still on administrative leave and he cannot give out any more information since it's still an ongoing investigation.

The investigation has been handed over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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