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Gastonia, North Carolina — Gastonia Police Department released body camera footage of an officer involved shooting that occurred at Buffalo Wild Wings in Gastonia on Aug. 13, 2019. Officials said James Matthew Roberts Jr. was frantically waving a gun outside a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant last August, threatening to shoot himself or someone else when police arrived. “The officer yells over 20 times for the defendant to, ‘Drop the gun, drop the gun,’” District Attorney Locke Bell said. Gastonia Police Officer Maurice Taylor III, fired four times at James Matthew Roberts Jr., 22, as Roberts stepped from his car and appeared to raise a pistol at Officer. Roberts was struck by at least one bullet and fell to the ground. After spending more than 150 days in jail awaiting trial, Roberts appeared on court on March 2, where he was charged for assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. He will spend more than two years on probation instead of a prison sentence. Officer Taylor was cleared in the shooting by Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell.
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