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Man dies after struggle with Floyd County Police

FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is taking over the investigation of a man who died after an struggle with Floyd County Police.

According to the Floyd County Police Department, Askari Roberts, 35, died after being subdued by officers.

Around 9:30 p.m. Monday, Ella Roberts called 911 to report that Askari Roberts was being held down by his 64-year-old father, Jackie Roberts, in order to "keep him from hurting them."

Responding officers, assisted by Jackie Roberts, attempted to handcuff Askari Roberts. During the ensuing struggle, one of the officers tried to use a Taser on Askari, but Askari attempted to grab the device. Officers were able to grab Askari's arm and handcuff him, but he continued to struggle.

Shortly after he was handcuffed, officers noticed Askari Roberts was unresponsive. They attempt to perform CPR until paramedics arrived. Roberts was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead at 12:36 a.m.

The officers involved in the incident have not been identified. They have been placed on paid administrative leave.

The GBI is taking over the investigation at the request of Floyd County police.


According to Floyd County police, Jackie Roberts first called police around 8:01 p.m. Monday to report that someone was "putting a hit out on his son," Askari Roberts. A little while later, police called Roberts and talked to him and his son about the report.

Around 9:30 p.m., Ella Roberts called police and said that Askari was being held down by his father.

The first Floyd County police officer arrived at the home on Morton Bend Road around 9:50 p.m. At 9:52 p.m., that officer requested another unit. Two minutes later, another officer arrived. At 9:59 p.m., one of the officers requested that an ambulance be sent to the scene. Four minutes later, one of the officers asked that the ambulance "step it up" and said that Askari Roberts was "unconscious at the time."

At 10:04 p.m. one of the officers told 911 that they were attempting to perform CPR. Six minutes later, the officer said he had applied the AED (a device that allows the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm). At 10:11 p.m. the officer said the AED stated that "shock not advised." The officers continued to perform CPR until paramedics arrived at 10:16 p.m.

Roberts was transported to Floyd Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:36 a.m.