GBI: Autopsy reveals victim of fatal Albany Police shooting shot in back

GBI: Autopsy reveals victim of fatal Albany Police shooting shot in back
Robert Lee Brown (Source: Family)
Robert Lee Brown (Source: Family)
Gussie Reed (Source: WALB)
Gussie Reed (Source: WALB)
Attorney Julius Collins (Source: WALB)
Attorney Julius Collins (Source: WALB)
Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards (Source: WALB)
Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The family of a south Albany man is demanding answers after they learned that an Albany Police officer shot him in the back.

Robert Lee Brown, 55, was killed on September 7, outside his South Madison Street home.

The GBI said Brown attacked the officer, stabbing him in the shoulder.

After shouting for Brown to stop, Officer Derrick Williams fired his gun, hitting Brown in the back.

The Georgia death certificate was made public on Wednesday, revealing that Brown died from a gunshot wound to the back.

Now, the family is demanding justice.

"What they did, it wasn't justice. Because you just don't shoot nobody in the back," said Brown's sister, Gussie Reed.

Reed is asking law enforcement to give them the facts about her brother's death.

Brown's family said he had mental health issues and was behind on his medication.

Police said that Brown was throwing his furniture into the street when Williams was dispatched, leading to the fatal shooting.

The family attorney said they have lots of questions.

"How do you justify shooting someone in the back? Well it's hard to say, why there was an imminent threat," explained Attorney Julius Collins.

After two weeks, the family worries Brown will not get justice.

"Do you trust the investigation? Do you think the police will come back fair? No," said Brown's niece, Linda Miranda. "In so many cases I have heard before, people have not gotten justice yet. So, no."

"They dragging around on everything now, so I don't know what they trying to do. I don't know," explained Reed.

With unrest over recent national fatal police shootings, Brown's family said that it's best to get the information out soon.

"We're hoping that a protest does not happen. Or rioting, or looting, or anything. We hope and they pray that that is not the case," said Collins. "Not in Dougherty County. Not in Albany, Georgia."

"They need to investigate it through and through, 'till they can find out everything," said Reed. "And once they get everything straightened out, then I can heal. But until then, no I cannot heal."

Officer Williams remains on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.

The family also asked that a special prosecutor be called in for this case.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said on Wednesday afternoon that he has no plans to rescue himself in this investigation.

Edwards said he sees no reason he cannot handle the investigation and prosecution, if there is one.

He also said that he has received the GBI's preliminary investigation report and is leading his office's investigation.

"My duty is to present the truth. And whatever the truth is, I am going to try to get it out. And be as transparent as possible," explained Edwards.

Edwards said that he has no timetable when his investigation into Brown's death will be completed.

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