Sister Questions Brother's Shooting at Kroger

1:00 PM, Dec 22, 2012   |    comments
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Macon police say they struggled with Sammie Davis Jr. while serving him a warrant. Her sister wants to know why police shot him three times in the chest.

13WMAZ talked to the family of Sammie Davis, Jr., who died after the shooting outside a supermarket on Pio Nono Avenue. 

Sister Cheryl Davis said she was too upset to go on-camera but talked to us by phone about her 49-year-old brother, nicknamed "Junebug."

She said that a manager at the Kroger store called her to tell her that he had been shot.

When she went to the hospital, she said that's when she realized how grave it was.

"The doctor came in and told us that he had been shot three times in the chest and they did everything they could to revive him but his heart...his heart wasn't able to, he wasn't able to survive the wounds," said Davis.

Police describe a struggle that erupted when an officer tried to serve the man with a warrant. Cheryl Davis says that was uncharacteristic.

"I just cannot see "Junebug" fighting anybody, I can't see him provoking this kind of violence where he has to lose his life over. What could he have been doing at Kroger to make him die today?" said Davis.

She said that, after their parents died four years ago, her brother became withdrawn. But she told 13WMAZ, he didn't have mental health issues.

"There was nothing going on mentally. He wasn't deranged. He wasn't violent. He wasn't really that verbal. Just a quiet person that had to go to Kroger," said Davis.

Davis says she wants answers on why her brother was shot by an officer.

"If something happened up there today, I'm bewildered as to why somebody would shoot my brother in his chest three times. He was just a good person," said Davis.

In a news release from the police department, spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said Officer Clayton Sutton was the officer involved and was put on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. 

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