News ID: 156384
Published: 1028 GMT August 06, 2016

US police shoot dead mentally-ill black man

US police shoot dead mentally-ill black man

US police have shot and killed a mentally-ill African-American man at his apartment in the state of Georgia.

The victim identified as Jamarion Rashad Robinson, 26, was shot dead by police officers in East Point, a neighborhood near Atlanta on Friday afternoon, said Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman Scott Dutton.

Police spokesman Cliff Chandler said the incident occurred when the officers attempted to make contact by knocking on the door to serve an arrest warrant allegedly for an assault against police officers in Atlanta on July 28, but Robinson would not come out of his apartment.

He claimed Robinson fired a shot when they eventually breached the front door. Police in return shot and killed him. No officer was injured in the incident.

Dutton, however, said he could not confirm that Robinson was the same suspect who police were looking for. No one was wounded in last week's shooting at the police officers in Atlanta.

The victim’s grandmother said doctors diagnosed her grandson with bipolar and schizophrenia disorder.

"He told me last night that he was seeing things and he heard things," said Beverly Nixon. "He kept saying something was trying to kill him."

Robinson’s shooting death follows a flurry of deaths of unarmed African-American men at the hands of mostly white police officers in the United States, which have triggered nationwide protests against police brutality.

Police killed over 1,150 people in 2015, with the largest police departments disproportionately killing at least 321 African Americans, according to data compiled by an activist group that runs the Mapping Police Violence project.

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