The dramatic 911 call made moments after 37-year-old Jason Walker, a Black man, was shot dead by an off-duty North Carolina deputy on Saturday (January 8) reveals the chaos in the minutes following the incident that has drawn protests against police violence.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) said it is investigating the killing of Walker in Fayetteville, a city about 100 miles (161 km) east of Charlotte. The deputy involved, Jeffrey Hash, was put on administrative leave, local media reported.
In the recording, Hash can be heard talking to the 911 operator and interacting with people on the scene.
Police in Fayetteville say that Walker had run into traffic and jumped on a moving vehicle before being shot by the driver, who they said then called 911.
Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins later said a black box taken from Hash’s pickup truck showed no impact had happened, local media reported.
Reuters was not immediately able to reach Hash or a lawyer representing him for comment.
At a protest outside the Fayetteville Police headquarters on Sunday, demonstrators chanted, “Say his name! Jason Walker!,” and heard remarks from a woman who said she was an eyewitness to the incident. She disputed the police account.
“He was not acting crazy, he didn’t jump on traffic. That officer – murderer – shot him, hit him with his car. How would Jason jump onto a big truck?,” the eyewitness, identified on social media as Elizabeth Ricks, told demonstrators.
Prominent U.S. civil rights attorney Ben Crump has said he will represent Walker’s family.