FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Newly released body cam footage shows witnesses struggled to understand what had happened after an off-duty Sheriff’s deputy shot Jason Walker in a North Carolina street on Saturday.
Fayetteville officials have released three police body camera videos from the scene of where Lt. Jeffrey Hash, an off-duty lieutenant with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, fatally shot Walker, a Black man.
There is extensive footage that shows the scene immediately after shooting, but no recorded video of what happened before it.
The footage shows distraught, confused witnesses, as well as Walker’s shocked father, describing the chaotic scene to police officers.
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Hash said that he was in his pickup truck Saturday afternoon with his wife, daughter and son when Walker tried to cross the street in front.
Hash then came to a stop, though there are conflicting accounts of whether or not Hash’s truck struck Walker.
A witness told police that Walker jumped onto the hood of Hash’s truck, broke off a windshield wiper and began hitting the windshield with the broken wiper.
A man who identified himself as Anthony Walker, Jason Walker’s father, echoed this narrative, saying his son jumped on the hood of the vehicle before pulling off a windshield wiper.
Anthony Walker said, “He came to the yard and he was trying to get me to get him back.” He answered the phone. “And I called him.
Other witnesses were confused by the sequence of events that led to the shooting.
A witness may also say, “I don’t understand exactly what happened.” “I don’t understand.”
Moments later, Hash can be heard in a bystander’s video saying he was trying to protect his wife and daughter when he shot Walker. He also said this in a recording of a 911 call to report the incident.
I was just hit by a man and my windshield cracked. He was just killed. Hash stated that he was a deputy sheriff during the 911 call.
Hash was placed on paid administrative leave Monday pending an internal investigation, Sheriff Ennis Wright said.
While the three videos total a little under five minutes in length, the city said it is petitioning the court for permission to release all video from the scene, about 20 hours in all, the city’s corporate communications director Jodi Phelps said in a statement.
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She said that first, the videos must be deleted to safeguard private information provided by interviewees to officers.
Gina Hawkins is the Police Chief. She has said before that all the video should be public to ensure transparency.
Since Sunday, the shooting has ignited daily protests in Fayetteville as demonstrators demand police accountability and the release of the footage. Protesters decry that Hash wasn’t arrested, and that Walker didn’t receive any assistance after the shooting.