Fayetteville police body camera video released Friday shows two of three witnesses, including Jason Walker's father, telling officers within minutes of Walker's Jan. 8 killing that Walker jumped onto the hood of a truck before being shot.
"He came out the yard and I was trying to get him to come back over here and I called him, I said, 'Come back, Jason.'” Anthony Walker said. "He was out here in the daggone street when that fella drove up and he jumped up on the guy’s hood, the guy jumped out and (garbled) shooting."
Walker's father identifies Walker as his son in the one-minute clip.
"You can see where he was on the hood," the father said as he and the officer walk toward the front of the truck. The body camera captures images of the windshield where the upper center of it appeared to be shattered.. "He pulled off one of the daggone windshield wipers and hit the windshield."
Portions of the audio were redacted and the faces of the bystanders blurred to protect personal information in the newly released videos.
Walker, 37, was shot to death in the street in front of his family home on Bingham Drive by off-duty Cumberland County Sheriff's Lt. Jeffrey Hash, 38. Hash told police he was driving down the street with his wife and daughter when he saw Walker in the road and stopped.
In the 911 call, Hash is heard telling a dispatcher. "I just had a male jump on my vehicle and broke my windshield. I just shot him. I am a deputy sheriff."
Another clip shows an interview at the scene with Elizabeth Ricks — who attempted to render aid to Walker — and her boyfriend Chase Sorrell, who filmed a video recorded in the aftermath that Sorrell posted to social media. Ricks spoke at at least one protest stating she saw Hash's pickup hit Walker.
"I don't know what exactly happened. I don't know if he got onto the car or if he was actually hit, I don't know … and then the guy just started shooting him," Ricks said.
"He was already on the ground when he shot him," the officer asks.
"Yeah," Ricks said. "It's like he hit him and then got, and like, just shot him."
Sorrell said he didn't see the shooting. "I just seen a man on the ground when we pulled up."
When the officer turned his attention back to Ricks, he asked, "Do you know if he was hit by the car?"
"Yeah, that's like, he literally like, I didn't fully see it all happen ..," Ricks said.
Another witness shared a similar story to Walker's father.
"He jumped up — that fella jumped up on the hood," the man said pointing at Walker on the ground; then pointing at Hash, he said, "and he jumped out his car and shot him."
The Walker slaying ignited days of protest in the city, with demonstrators decrying the fact that Hash was not arrested, he never rendered aid to Walker, and that the responding officer never rendered aid.
The video of the aftermath shows that police did not appear to detain Hash after the shooting or disarm him of a handgun holstered on his hip.
Family and friends of the slain man said the description of Walker's behavior prior to the killing was not behavior they'd ever known him to display.
"All of us can agree … when we seen the video (taken after the shooting) and just heard the story, anyone that knows Jason knew it didn't make any sense," Walker's brother Lonell Walker said near the conclusion of a rally Thursday night. The rally, with prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump, retained by Walker's family, was held at the church the Walker family regularly attends near Vander.
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