Jeffrey Hash has been named an off duty sheriff’s lieutenant in Fayetteville, North Carolina, charged with shooting and killing a black man named Jason Walker. The graphic video that you can watch below shows the aftermath of the shooting. Note, however, that the video is disturbing.
Hash is the deputy sheriff of Columbia County, according to a press release from the Fayetteville Police Department.
Protests have broken out in Fayetteville challenging Walker’s shooting, which is being investigated.
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In the graphic video, Walker’s body lies motionless next to Hash’s truck and the citizens are walking around and Hash can be seen on the phone. A uniformed officer approaches. “We didn’t see it. We heard it. I heard four shots and came out, ”a man told the officer. The authorities have not verified the number of shots fired.
Hash wasn’t in uniform.
“Ma’am, I’m going to protect my wife and child,” says Hash in the video.
“A woman says,“ You had a vehicle. And you still shot him. “
“I will protect my wife and family,” says Hash
“I came down here, he ran across the street, so I stopped, he jumped on my car and started screaming … (unintelligible) hit the window. I have my daughter and my child in here, ”says Hash in the video elsewhere.
On January 8, 2022, at 2:18 p.m., Fayetteville police officers responded to a reported shootout along Bingham Dr. near Shenandoah Dr., according to the police press release.
“The preliminary investigation showed that a grown man got into traffic and jumped on a moving vehicle. The driver of the vehicle shot the male person and notified the emergency number 911. The male person was declared dead at the scene. “
Police added, “The male subject who was shot was identified as Jason Walker (B / M, 37) from 1600 Blk by Bingham Dr. identified. His NOK (next to relative) was notified. The Fayetteville Police Department is currently investigating the circumstances of the shooting. “
According to police, “Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Detective C. Crews at (910) 751-1046 or Crimestoppers at p3tips.com.”
Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins said in a press conference with District Attorney Billy West that Walker’s death was a “tragic event”.
Many in the church have “heavy hearts,” she said.
“An off duty deputy Cumberland County sheriff” fired the gun, Hawkins said.
She said she wanted the state to conduct the investigation “in parallel”. Hawkins said unconfirmed rumors had spread on social media. She said she wanted to share some facts in the interests of transparency.
The authorities examined the black box in Hash’s truck. “There was no effect on any person or thing,” said Hawkins.
There were no witnesses claiming anyone was hit by the truck, she said.
People at the scene said they did not see the incident. The only witness available to police is now telling them “the exact opposite,” Hawkins said. She said the witness said Walker was not caught in the vehicle.
Hawkins said there was no evidence that Hash and Walker knew each other.
When a reporter asked if he was shot in the back and how many times he was shot, she said she did not know this information. She said Hash was not arrested.
A windshield wiper was torn off. The metal part “was used to break the truck’s windshield in several places,” Hawkins said.
“We want our city to be safe, a safe place,” she said, promising a fair investigation. She said she had no information that Walker had a gun. She said Hash’s shots “didn’t go through the windshield”.
According to the Daily Beast, Elizabeth Ricks, a nurse who helped Walker after the shooting, told protesters at a rally that Walker was “not crazy” and did not “jump on traffic”. She claimed Hash has “no regrets,” the Daily Beast reported.
In a statement posted on Facebook, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department wrote: “CUMBERLAND COUNTY SHERIFF UPDATE ON THE EXTRAORDINARY SHOOTING AND KILLING OF # JASONWALKER. Employee on administrative leave. “
“On January 8, 2022, the Fayetteville Police Department notified the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office that an off-duty agent was involved in a shooting,” they wrote.
“As a result of this information, Deputy Jeffrey Hash has been taken on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. Deputy Hash has served in the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office since 2005 and is currently a lieutenant in the Civil Department. Our condolences go to Jason Walker’s family. “
Several emergency calls were released to ABC11.
“I just had a male jump on my vehicle and broke my windshield. I just shot him. I’m a deputy sheriff, ”said Hash at one point on the 911 call.