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911 tapes reveal a man reaching out for help

April 30

Albany- From his home on Old Pretoria Road, 64-year-old Bernard Takach made a call for help Monday night.

"I can send you an ambulance. Do you need an ambulance?" asked the 911 operator.

"Well, if you can take me to the Betty Ford Center with it I can," Takach said.

 "We don't even have a Betty Ford Center in Albany," the operator said.

The 9-1-1 call ended with Takach giving up his search for help.

"I'll be glad to send you an ambulance,"she said. "Not unless you can take me to the Betty Ford Center," Takach said.

"Ok. I'm sorry." And with that, the call ended.

 But moments later, Dougherty County Police Officers Ray Curry, Chris Hurt and their supervisor Lt. Jimmy Sexton showed up at the house. Chief Jeremy French says that's not unusual. DCP serves a smaller population than city police. So officers have more time to follow up on emergency calls.

Once there, the officers went inside the house. When Takach pointed a pistol at them, two officers opened fire. He died at the scene.

"If he would have dropped that handgun," said Dougherty County Police Chief Jeremy French.

He said the officers felt like they had to shoot rather than get away.

"If somebody had a gun in my face, I don't know that I would have turned my back and run down a long hallway," French said.

His widow, Cindy, said the officers shouldn't have come in the house. She asked them to wait at the door. The three officers remain on paid administrative leave while the GBI investigates. Their preliminary reports say the shooting was justified. 

 Takach was a recovering alcoholic who had been sober 15 years. He had recently started drinking again.

posted at 11:45 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com

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