We are learning more information in the shooting death of former police officer Dwayne Burke.
GBI investigators say Burke broke into the Sardis Police Department early Monday morning. They say he was confronted by an officer and during the altercation was shot and killed.
Burke resigned from the department back in 2009. Investigators are still trying to figure out why Burke broke into the Sardis Police Department.
Authorities say it all started around 2 a.m. on Monday morning. They say a Sardis Police Officer noticed a door had been kicked in at the police station. When the officer entered the building, authorities say he found Burke inside the evidence room. Next, investigators say the officer and a Burke County deputy tried to arrest Burke.
"During their attempt, Mr. Burke was in possession of a large ax. During the encounter of trying to arrest him, the officer with the police department fired his weapon," says GBI Special Agent In Charge Pat Morgan.
Investigators say Burke, a former Sardis Police officer, died on the scene.
"I was kind of shocked. The breaking news kind of shocked me because it was so close to home. Right behind the police station anything could have happened. A bullet don't know nobody," says Mingyarrtus Herrington, who lives right across the street from the Sardis Police Department.
Herrington says people use to call Burke "Robocop." According to past articles from The True Citizen, Burke was investigated by the GBI for making terroristic threats to Sardis residents.
"He use to give a couple of residents some trouble. Running into their houses and trying to lock people up. I heard about that. But, he did his job. People didn't like him doing it this way or how he handled the situation. He had a problem, but he was alright," says Herrington.
Burke's family members waited outside of the police department for hours to find out what happened.
"At this point I don't know the motive as to why he broke into the building. He was in an area that appears to be in their evidence room, so I don't know if there was something in particular that he maybe he was looking for here," says Morgan.
Investigators say that Burke's body will be sent to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy. They say the officer and the deputy involved in the incident were not injured.
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