WRPD Chief: Deadly Force "Always Last Resort" | News
Warner Robins Police Chief Brett Evans says he believes the GBI's investigation will show that his officers "acted within the agency's policies and procedures in accordance with the law."
That's from a statement released by Evans on Tuesday regarding the officer-involved fatal shooting of 49-year-old Anthony Rawls Sunday night.
Police said it began with a 911 call claiming Rawls had a gun and was threatening his wife.
The GBI was called to investigate the shooting independently, which is standard procedure when local police officers are involved.
Rawls' family and friends say they have questions about the shooting.
Monday, Earl Rawls Jr. said family members gathered at his brother's home Sunday night to visit with Anthony's son, who just graduated from college.
He told 13WMAZ: "The officer ran over here, told him to show his hands or something. They started hollering, shot over there at them, and after that, a bunch of shots were fired."
Earl Rawls said he believes his brother didn't fire at police, and criticized officers for shooting toward the house, after he told them two children were inside.
Neighbor Donna Stuckey called Anthony Rawls a friend.
"It's just very stunning for everybody who lives here, because he would've given you the shirt off his back. He would do anything for his neighbors, for his family," she said. "I'm just in shock."
Neither police, nor the GBI have said how many officers were involved or how many shots were fired.
The officers who fired shots are on paid administrative leave during the investigation. Their names have not been released.
The GBI's Perry office has not returned our phone calls.
Rawls was a supervisor at Macon State Prison.