Jason Walker, a black man, was shot dead by off-duty police officer Jeffrey Hash on Saturday in Fayetteville, North Carolina
State authorities in North Carolina are investigating the killing of a man Saturday by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, who told authorities the person had jumped on his vehicle.
The man killed was identified by the Fayetteville Police Department as Jason Walker, a 37-year-old Black man.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office identified the deputy as Jeffrey Hash. we have attempted to reach out to Hash but has not received a response.
According to a statement Saturday by Fayetteville police, a preliminary investigation showed Walker “ran into traffic and jumped on [the] moving vehicle” that the sheriff’s deputy was driving. “The driver of the vehicle shot [Walker] and notified 911,” police said.
An unarmed Jason Walker, 37, was shot and killed by Hash about 2:15 p.m. Saturday in front of his home.
In a video taken by passerby Chase Sorrell in the aftermath of the shooting, Hash is heard telling a Fayetteville police officer that Walker jumped onto the hood of his pickup, pulled off the windshield wiper and began beating on the windshield.
Sorrell’s girlfriend, Elizabeth Ricks, said she attempted to render aid to Walker and claims Walker was hit by the truck and was thrown onto the hood before Hash stepped from it and fired several shots at him.
The Fayetteville Police Department declined requests for the deputy’s name and announced in a joint press conference Sunday evening with Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West that the investigation is being handled by the State Bureau of Investigation.
Hawkins also said the black box in Hash’s truck did not register hitting “any person or thing” and the only injuries to his Walker’s body were gunshot wounds.
“That black box was crucial to determine that vehicle did not impact anything or anyone,” she said.
West announced that his office had referred any prosecution in the case to North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys.
Walker’s death was the second in Fayetteville last week in which an unarmed Black man was shot to death during a traffic incident.
Protesters gathered outside the Cumberland County Law Enforcement Center on Sunday demanding justice in Walker’s killing.