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Man shot dead by police near school had mental issues

Officials gather outside Walnut Park Elementary School in Gadsden, Alabama, after a fatal police shooting Thursday, June 9, 2022. Authorities say a man who tried to enter an elementary school in the Alabama where a summer program was taking place was shot down for

A man shot dead by police outside an Alabama school officials said he tried to enter had ‘serious mental issues’ and attended the school as a child, according to his brother.

Justin White told WIAT-TV that 32-year-old Robert Tyler White seemed a little “off” the last time he saw him last week, but it wasn’t unusual.

“He always seems off,” White said.

Officials said a ‘potential intruder’ – later identified as White – went to several doors to try to enter Walnut Park Elementary School on Thursday as a summer literacy program was in progress for almost three dozen children. All exterior doors were locked and the man was killed after trying to grab an officer’s gun outside the building, state police said.

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Justin White said his older brother suffered from “serious mental issues” and may have tried to have him killed by the police.

White said his brother, whom he called “Bobby”, had been a garbage collector in North Carolina for eight years before moving back to Gadsden. The brother attended Walnut Park as a child and never got the mental health help he needed, White said.

“But I thought he was doing good,” White said.

Justin White said he was surprised his brother was involved in the incident, but added that the man was also a “hothead”.

Authorities have not said whether Bobby White, who previously lived in Bunnlevel, North Carolina, was armed or why he might have tried to enter the school or a police cruiser in which police the state said he tried to enter before he was killed.

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