Autopsy reveals 4 shots killed Jason Walker during incident with off-duty deputy in Fayetteville

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Thursday, March 24, 2022
Autopsy: Jason Walker shot 4 times in incident with off-duty deputy
Four bullets pierced Jason Walker's body and ultimately killed him, according to the official autopsy.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) -- Four bullets pierced Jason Walker's body and ultimately killed him, according to the official autopsy.

Walker, 37, was involved in an altercation with an off-duty law enforcement officer on January 8.

Body camera footage released days after the incident show Fayetteville Police Officers talking to witnesses after the fatal shooting happened.

One of the witnesses was Walker's father. He said Walker ran out of the yard, jumped on the off-duty officers' truck, ripped off one of its windshield wipers and used it to hit the truck's windshield.

Walker's father said that's when the driver of the truck, later identified as Cumberland County deputy Jeffery Hash, jumped out of his truck and shot Walker.

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The medical examiner's autopsy found four gunshot wounds on Walker's body: one on his head and neck, one on his back, one on his torso and one on his left thigh.

"My reaction was - I'm going to be honest with you. It was anger," said activist Myah Warren, who is running for City Council.

Warren took part in rallies demanding transparency following Walker's death.

"Definitely because the amount of times he was shot and where he was shot, it's in my opinion, I'm going to use the word 'overkill', it was 'overkill.' Because when you fire the shot into his back, just that shot alone, he was no longer a threat to you," said Myah Warren, an activist running for City Council.

The autopsy noted that Walker had some small cuts on his arms and a bruise on his left shoulder, he had no significant natural disease and was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The autopsy does not determine which order the shots were fired.

Fayetteville Police turned the case over to the State Bureau of Investigation, who submitted it to the Conference of District Attorney's earlier this month; a spokesperson for SBI said the Conference of District Attorney's "will determine whether criminal charges are appropriate."

In a statement following the release of the autopsy and toxicology results, Walker family attorney Ben Crump wrote:

"The information in this official autopsy report confirms what we already knew - that Jason Walker was killed unjustly in cold blood by off-duty deputy Jeffrey Hash. This is clearly excessive. According to the autopsy, Hash shot Jason four times, including shots to the head, back, and heart. A trained law enforcement officer knows that shooting someone that many times and in those parts of the body is shooting to kill. Jason should still be alive today. We will continue to push for transparency from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the family of Jason Walker is demanding murder charges be filed against Hash by the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys."

Jeffrey Hash's attorney, Parrish Daughtry, said she was limited in what she was allowed to state regarding the case, though noted this revolved around a statute of defense of self and motor vehicle.

"My client and his family are devastated by these events. Devastated by what they've been through. Devastated for the family of Jason Walker. They're devastated for their community. And this is difficult for everybody involved and the waiting is difficult for everybody involved," said Daughtry.

Activists plan to gather outside the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office beginning at 6:00 Thursday night.

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