Video of Jason Walker Shooting by Off-Duty Cop to Be Released Next Week: Police Chief

A North Carolina police chief requested to release the body camera footage recorded after Jason Walker was shot by an off-duty police officer over the weekend. A judge granted the request on Thursday, and the video is expected to be released sometime next week after redactions are added.

Fayetteville, North Carolina, Police Chief Gina Hawkins filed a petition on Tuesday to have the footage released to the public. Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons agreed to the request, and said he's approving the release "in the interest of justice," the Associated Press reported.

Walker, 37, was shot and killed near his home on Saturday by an off-duty police officer with the Cumberland County Sheriff's office. Hawkins said she does not know how many times or where Walker was shot, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Fayetteville police said the preliminary investigation found Walker "ran into traffic and jumped on a moving vehicle." Deputy Lieutenant Jeffery Hash then shot Walker around 2:15 p.m. and proceeded to call 911. Walker was pronounced dead at the scene, The News & Observer reported.

The Charlotte Observer reported that at least two individuals who said they were at the scene on Saturday didn't agree with the findings of the police report.

On social media, those two individuals shared a different version of how the events unfolded. They claimed Hash hit Walker as he was walking across the street then proceeded to shoot him. They posted a video online of the scene following the incident.

That video shows a man believed to be Hash standing near a red truck talking on the phone while Walker is lying on the ground toward the rear of the truck.

About a minute into the video, police officers arrive and the driver tells them, "I was coming down here. He ran across the street so I stopped. He jumped on my car, and started screaming," The Charlotte Observer reported.

During 911 call recordings released recently, Hash told the dispatcher he shot a man who had jumped on his vehicle, breaking the windshield, as his wife and daughter were inside the vehicle, according to The News & Observer.

During a news conference Sunday, Hawkins said investigators found "a windshield wiper was torn off, and the metal portion was used to break the windshield of the truck in several places." She said she was aware of the video on social media and had watched it, The Charlotte Observer added.

Investigators looked at the vehicle's black box computer which holds information such as how fast a car is traveling and its braking impact.

"That computer did not record any impact, with any person or thing," Hawkins was quoted by The Charlotte Observer. "We currently have no witnesses who claim that anyone was hit by this truck."

The Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West and Hawkins said Sunday their offices will not be handing Walker's death investigation. The announced the State Bureau of Investigation will instead be taking over the case, The Fayetteville Observer reported.

The sheriff's office said Hash has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, The News & Observer reported.

Police Body Cam Footage Being Released
A judge has granted a North Carolina police chief's request to release body camera video recorded moments after the fatal shooting of Jason Walker last Saturday by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy. Above, Pandora Harrington, right, cries as she holds a sign with an image of Jason Walker during a demonstration in front of the Fayetteville Police Department on January 9 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer/AP Photo