Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump announced that he will be representing the family of 37-year-old Jason Walker, a Black man he said was “shot in the back as he tried to return home” on Saturday in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Crump said in a statement to The Daily Beast on Tuesday that Walker was shot less than 100 yards away from his parents’ home.
“We stand committed, with the family and the young son that Jason Walker left behind, to finding answers as to what happened to him when he was senselessly shot and killed by off-duty deputy Jeffrey Hash,” Crump said.
“We have reason to believe that this was a case of ‘shoot first, ask later,’ a philosophy seen all too often within law enforcement. We look to the North Carolina SBI [State Bureau of Investigation] for a swift and transparent investigation so that we can get justice for Jason and his loved ones.”
On Monday night, as protesters swarmed outside, the Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution requesting the Department of Justice probe Walker’s fatal shooting for possible civil-rights violations.
According to the Fayetteville Police Department, Walker, who was Black, was shot and killed by off-duty Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Jeffrey Hash on Saturday after allegedly running into traffic and jumping on Hash’s car.
However, some witnesses say otherwise. According to a nurse who tried to tend Walker’s wounds, deputy Hash run over Walker and then proceeded to shoot him in cold blood.