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Jonesboro man killed by police after wife says he went to check for burglar

Chief Roberts said when officers arrived, the man, who was in his pajamas, was laying in a “prone position” but refused to put down his weapon.
Published: Mar. 23, 2022 at 6:39 AM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - A Jonesboro man is dead after he was shot and killed by Clayton County Police officers Wednesday morning outside his home in Jonesboro.

Officers were called to Jennie Circle around 5:20 a.m. on a call from neighbors about a person randomly shooting and roaming the neighborhood.

“Officers were directed to that subject by the neighbors and upon making contact with that armed man, gave him verbal commands to drop his weapon,” said Clayton County Police Chief Kevin Roberts. “He did not.”

Chief Roberts said when officers arrived, the man, who was in his pajamas, was laying in a “prone position” but refused to put down his weapon – believed to be a shotgun. Roberts said his officers shot the man when he pointed his gun at them.

“There were multiple discharges prior to officers arriving and multiple after the officer arrived,” added Roberts.

The man’s wife told CBS46 her husband called her telling her he thought someone was breaking into the house. She said their home had already been broken into three separate times in recent months. She does not believe her husband would point a gun at police.

“It’s a terrible thing. You see a man lose his life early in the morning,” who woke up to gunshots and saw his neighbor’s final moments.

The man’s wife said her husband, said to be in his 70s, was on oxygen therapy recovering from COVID-19. The couple lived in the neighborhood for 19 years and have four children together.

The man has not been identified. The GBI continues to investigate.

INITIAL REPORT

A Jonesboro resident is dead after his wife said he went to check for a burglar and was fatally shot by police.