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Family and friends react to officer involved shooting

Family and friends close to the man who died after being shot by an Albany Police officer are pretty shaken up on Wednesday. (Source: WALB) Family and friends close to the man who died after being shot by an Albany Police officer are pretty shaken up on Wednesday. (Source: WALB)
Eyewitness Eddy Jones Eyewitness Eddy Jones
Gussie Reed, Robert Brown's sister (Source: WALB) Gussie Reed, Robert Brown's sister (Source: WALB)
Family and friends are dealing with the loss. (Source: WALB) Family and friends are dealing with the loss. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Family and friends close to the man who died after being shot by an Albany Police officer are pretty shaken up on Wednesday.

Eddy Jones woke up early today, as he does every day, never expecting to see what he saw in this south Albany neighborhood.

"It was sad the way it happened," said Jones.

Around 5 a.m. Jones said he saw Robert Brown acting erratically.

"I heard him hollering like Tarzan, and he had a stick he was beating on the wall and he was throwing stuff out on the road, all this debris he through it all out," said Jones.

When an Albany Police officer showed up, Jones overheard the officer questioning Brown about some items in the road, and whether they belonged to him.

Jones recalled the conversation "he said come here, he said no you come here."

But what happened next, would leave Jones in total shock.

"He came out and pow," said Jones.

Jones said Brown charged the officer who opened fire.

Gussie Reed said she is Robert Brown's sister. She said he was off medication he needed.

"He was on medication and he was supposed to take his shot this morning," said Reed.

Reed believes Albany Police are supposed to know how to deal better with people who have mental health issues.

"On TV awhile back that they got a grant and they were training police on how to handle this so why was this so hard for them to handle," said Reed.

"If I know what happen then, I can go from there. But right now I'm all tore up and I don't know what happened," said Reed.

And the family is still waiting for answers for investigators.

"Something had told me to holler and tell the police officers that the man was on medication but I didn't do that," said Jones.

Family and friends are dealing with the loss.

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