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Protesters gathered outside a police station Sunday to condemn the fatal shooting of Jason Walker, 37, a day earlier by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina.
Protesters disputed an initial account of the shooting given by police on Saturday after the only witness said Walker was struck by the truck before being shot.
The shooting took place shortly after 2:15 p.m. Saturday along Bingham Drive in Fayetteville, outside Walker’s home. The officer, who was not identified by police, shot Walker and then called 911, police said.
Walker was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not reveal how many times or where he was shot.
Fayetteville police said a preliminary investigation shows Walker “ran into traffic and jumped onto a moving vehicle,” a truck driven by an off-duty Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputy.
The graphic video shows the scene after an off-duty police officer fatally shot a black man who he claims got into his truck while driving down the road on Saturday (pictured: Deputy Sheriff is seen from Unidentified Cumberland County in a blue hoodie and baseball cap as he calls 911)
After the alleged attack, the off-duty officer shot and killed Jason Walker, 37, in Fayetteville, North Carolina. A bystander can be heard in the video claiming to have heard four gunshots (Pictured: A police officer talks to the off-duty officer as a trauma nurse who witnessed the accident tends to Walker’s injuries)
Hawkins said investigators noticed that a windshield wiper was ripped off the truck and used to smash the windshield in several places.
“We’d like to hear from anyone who saw what happened,” Hawkins said.
Investigators with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation have taken over the investigation into the shooting, Fayetteville police said.
The graphic video of the scene shows a portly white man, whom people on social media have identified as the officer, standing next to a red van talking on the phone, while a black man, who they say is Walker, lies in the ground near the rear of the vehicle in a pool of blood.
Sirens are heard in the background as passersby rush to help Walker and press on his wound.
“People are hostile at the moment,” says the driver identified as the officer in the video.
Elizabeth Ricks, a trauma nurse who said she witnessed the incident and applied pressure to Walker’s wound, told the crowd Sunday that Walker was trying to cross the street to get home when he was struck by the officer’s truck. and then shot him.
Ricks told the News & Observer that she was at the scene and watched the whole situation unfold. As a trauma nurse, she jumped into action and tried to save Walker’s life.
‘I didn’t see anyone in distress. The man was walking home, ‘Ricks said.
Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins said during a news conference Sunday that investigators examined the truck’s black box computer, which did not record any impact with any person or thing.
“We currently have no witnesses to claim that someone was hit by this truck,” she said.
The police department said Walker “ran into traffic and jumped onto a moving vehicle,” according to its preliminary investigation.
On video of the aftermath of the shooting. Recorded by Rick’s husband, it appears that the off-duty officer had been driving a red truck that was not a police vehicle.