Fayetteville, N.C. — In body camera video released Friday, Fayetteville police interview witnesses to try and figure out what led to the shooting last Saturday of Jason Walker. Two witnesses, a man and a woman, told officers they saw Walker jump onto the hood of a truck driven by Lt. Jeffrey Hash before Hash exited the truck and shot Walker.
The three clips of video released Friday are a small part of the total 20 hours of video recorded at the scene.
“The footage released today is only a few minutes long and represents the first videos we submitted to the judge. However, the city has filed a petition to have all of the body cam footage released which encompasses about 20 hours of video. Staff will be working as expeditiously as possible to review that video and submit it for the judge’s consideration,” a city spokeswoman said in a statement.
State law requires that a judge approve any public released of police body-worn video, and Resident Superior Court Judge Ammons granted that in this case. Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins said the department was currently working to redact portions of the video, and it would be released as soon as possible.
The footage could play a role in helping investigators better understand the moments leading up to Hash shooting Walker. Investigators have been using audio of the 911 calls, listening to witness statements and digging into pre-crash data stored in the “black box” of Hash’s vehicle to build a picture of what happened that day.
One witness, Elizabeth Ricks, said 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.
On the video released Friday, Ricks tells police, “I didn’t see that he posed a threat.”
But two other witnesses said Walker jumped onto the hood of Hash’s truck before the shots rang out.
“He jumped up on the guy’s hood, and then the guy jumped out and there was shooting,” one man said.
“That fellow jumped up on the hood, and he jumped out of his car and shot him,” another echoed.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represented the families of George Floyd and Andrew Brown, is representing Walker’s family.
Hash has said he was driving down the road when Walker “came flying across Bingham Drive, running.”
“I stopped so I wouldn’t hit him, and he jumped on my car and started screaming, pulled my windshield wipers off and started beating my windshield and broke my windshield,” said Hash.
Hash admitted to shooting and killing Walker afterwards, but said he was just trying to protect his family.