Off-duty cop shoots and kills black man he says attacked his truck

Furious protest outside North Carolina sheriff’s office as eye-witness nurse claims  off-duty cop hit black man, 37, with his truck and then SHOT and killed him as he crossed street in front of him

  • Jason Walker, a black man, was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer who said the deceased jumped on his truck while he was driving 
  • Walker was pronounced dead at the scene in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Saturday afternoon  
  • Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins said the preliminary investigation shows that Walker ‘ran into traffic and jumped on a moving vehicle’
  • Elizabeth Ricks, the only witness, disputes the off-duty officers claim saying that  Walker was hit by the truck while trying to cross the street to his house  
  • Protestors gathered outside a North Carolina police station on Sunday to refute the claims made by police and call for the off-duty officer’s arrest
  • The unidentified deputy was taken into custody but not arrested 

By Adriana Diaz For Dailymail.Com

Published: 16:25, 10 January 2022 | Updated: 17:38, 10 January 2022

Witnesses are challenging an off-duty cop’s claims after he fatally shot a black man in North Carolina after the man jumped on his truck. 

Protesters gathered outside a police station Sunday to decry the fatal shooting of Jason Walker, 37, a day earlier by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina.

The demonstrators disputed an initial account of the shooting given by police Saturday after the only witness said that Walker was hit by the truck before being shot.  

Police in Fayetteville said a preliminary investigation shows that Walker ‘ran into traffic and jumped on a moving vehicle,’ a truck driven by an off-duty Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy. 

Graphic video shows the scene after an off-duty police officer fatally shot a black man who he claims jumped on his truck while he was driving down the road Saturday (Pictured: The unidentified Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy is seen wearing a blue hoodie a baseball cap as he calls 911) 

Off-duty cop shoots and kills black man he says attacked his truck

After the alleged attack, the off-duty deputy fatally shot Jason Walker, 37, in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

A bystander can be heard in the video claiming to have heard four shots fired (Pictured: A police officer speaks to the off-duty deputy as a trauma nurse who witnessed the accident attends to Walker’s wounds) 

The shooting took place just after 2:15pm on Saturday along Bingham Drive in  Fayetteville, outside Walker’s home. The deputy, who was not identified by police, shot Walker and then called 911, police said.

Walker was pronounced dead on scene. Police did not disclose how many times or where he was shot. Family members said that Walker was shot in the back twice.

The single father leaves behind one young son. 

Elizabeth Ricks, a trauma nurse who said she witnessed the incident and applied pressure to Walker’s wound, told the crowd on Sunday that Walker was attempting to cross the street to get to his home when he was struck by the deputy’s truck and then shot. 

Ricks told the News & Observer she was on the scene and watched the entire situation unfold. As a trauma nurse, she jumped into action and tried to save Walker’s life.

‘I did not see anyone in distress. The man was just walking home,’ said Ricks.

Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins said during a news conference Sunday that investigators examined the black box computer of the truck, which did not record any impact with any person or thing. 

 ‘We currently have no witnesses who claim that anyone was hit by this truck,’ she said. 

The police department said Walker ‘ran into traffic and jumped on a moving vehicle,’ according to their preliminary investigation.  

In video of the shooting’s aftermath. recorded by Rick’s husband, it appears the off-duty deputy had been driving a red truck that wasn’t a law enforcement vehicle. 

Off-duty cop shoots and kills black man he says attacked his truck

Walker was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unclear how many times or where he was shot

Off-duty cop shoots and kills black man he says attacked his truck

Walker is remembered by loved ones as a happy go-lucky man with a big heart

She said the only person at the scene who indicated they witnessed what happened said Walker was not struck by the truck.

Hawkins said investigators noted that a windshield wiper was torn off the truck and used to break the windshield in several places.

‘We would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened,’ Hawkins said.

Investigators with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation have taken over the shooting investigation, Fayetteville police said.

Graphic video from the scene shows a burly white man, who people on social media have identified as the deputy, standing by a red pickup truck talking on the phone, while a black man, who they say is Walker, lies on the ground near the back of the vehicle in a puddle of blood. 

Sirens are heard in the background as bystanders rush to help Walker and apply pressure to his wound.  

‘People are hostile right now,’ the driver identified as the deputy says in the video. 

‘Nobody is hostile,’ a shirtless black man replies from across the street. ‘Don’t you (expletive) say that.’ 

‘I don’t know where the entry point is,’ the woman attending to Walker’s wound says. ‘He won’t tell me where he shot him.’ 

When police arrived on the scene, the driver begins telling his version of the events.  

‘I was coming down here,’ the driver is heard telling police. ‘He ran across the street, so I stopped.

He jumped on my car, started screaming.’ 

The driver says Walker then pulled on his windshield and hit the glass. Someone is heard saying that they heard four gunshots. 

‘Is he dying?’ a child is heard asking from off-camera. 

Investigators have not received any footage of the incident itself but are asking any one with information to step forward. 

WRAL-TV spoke with Walker’s family, who described him as a happy go-lucky man with a big heart.

Off-duty cop shoots and kills black man he says attacked his truck

Protestors gathered out a North Carolina police department on Sunday to dispute police’s claims that Walker ‘ran into traffic and jumped on a moving vehicle’ 

Off-duty cop shoots and kills black man he says attacked his truck

Demonstrators also called for the unidentified off-duty deputy to be arrested on Sunday

Off-duty cop shoots and kills black man he says attacked his truck

The ongoing investigation into the deadly incident has been taken over by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation

‘I was sad. That’s my best friend.

We were really close,’ said cousin Brittany Monroe. ‘It really broke my heart because he would never hurt anyone. I don’t understand how it could happen to him. He would do anything for anybody.’

Another cousin told WRAL that the family is in shock and searching for answers. 

‘We’re hearing one side of the story that sounds like a person that Jason is not, and then on the other side, we’re hearing a story that makes complete sense,’ he said.

‘We have to take it one day at a time.

Hopefully the system does what’s right and gets to the bottom of this.

We really just want justice for Jason.’ 

Protestors gathered outside the Fayetteville police station Sunday to dispute the account of the deadly incident given by police and call for the off-duty officer to be arrested. 

‘When Fayetteville Police arrived they did not disarm the shooter, they did not arrest the shooter, and worst of all they did not render aid to the victim,’ the Fayetteville Activist Movement claimed in a social media post. 

On Sunday, Hawkins said the deputy was taken into custody but was not arrested.

She said she does not know if the deputy had been suspended and did not disclose if he had been released from custody. 

Hawkins confirmed that the department is now in possession of the firearm, which she said was not his service weapon. 

Hawkins also explained that officers on the scene did not administer medical aid because the civilian who was attending to his wounds. was a medical professional. 

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