‘Senseless’: Black Man Shot, Killed by Off-Duty Deputy in North Carolina

In Summary

A sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina has been placed on administrative leave after killing a Black man in a “senseless shooting.” 

WARNING: This story contains discussions of a shooting involving a police officer.  

An investigation into a shooting involving an off-duty police officer is underway in North Carolina after a Black man was killed over the weekend for allegedly jumping on the officer’s vehicle, CNN reported

Jason Walker, 37, was shot and killed by Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeffrey Hash, according to a statement from Fayetteville police. Walker reportedly “went into traffic and jumped on a moving vehicle,” during which time “the driver of the vehicle shot [Walker] and called 911.” 

RELATED: North Carolina Police Officer Accidentally Shoots Son, 15, in Head

Fayetteville Police Chief Gina V. Hawkins said during a press conference on Sunday that the truck’s computer revealed the “vehicle did not impact anything or anyone,” seemingly clearing up witness claims that Hash hit Walker. She said it also showed a windshield wiper had been ripped off and used to crack the windshield in many places.  

Hawkins confirmed the firearm involved was not Hash’s service weapon, but refused to specify how many shots he fired or where they struck Walker. 

WRAL News reported protests and marches took place in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the day after Walker’s death, with demonstrators demanding justice and answers regarding who was to be held responsible. 

RELATED: Girl, 14, ‘Accidentally’ Killed by LAPD in Department Store Shooting 

“It breaks my heart he didn’t survive, and I’m trying to cope with that as well,” said eyewitness Elizabeth Ricks, per WRAL. “I don’t want to take away from Jason or the injustice, and I’m not going to be silent.” 

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump said in a statement he, too, stands committed with Walker’s family and son to finding out exactly what happened when the victim was “senselessly shot.” 

“We have reason to believe that this was a case of ‘shoot first, ask later,’ a philosophy seen all too often within law enforcement,” Crump said, adding he’s looking forward to a “swift and transparent investigation” so both Walker and his loved ones can receive justice. 

RELATED: Juror at Trial Expresses Remorse for Kim Potter Following Guilty Verdict 

Hash, who joined the department in 2005 and is now a lieutenant, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal inquiry. 

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by shootings involving police officers, resources are available here.

Latest in Social Justice

MLK Day x Prince Harry, Meghan

Social Justice

Prince Harry, Meghan Donated Black-Owned Food Trucks to Honor MLK Day

Social Justice

Dr. Bernice King: ‘Voting Is the Heart and Soul of Our Democracy’

Social Justice

Martin Luther King III: ‘No More Empty Words’ on Voting Rights

Social Justice

Family of Kershawn Geyger Seeks $100 Million in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Social Justice

Activists Support Family of Jamal Sutherland in Pursuit of Justice

Social Justice

Iconic Journalist Ida B. Wells Honored With New Barbie Doll

Social Justice

Senate Passes Bill To Honor Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley

Massachusetts SBCC

Social Justice

Inmates Sue Massachusetts Prison for Alleged Retaliation Beatings