By Sandy Malone and Christopher Berg
Akron, OH – Authorities released bodycam footage on Sunday which shows the fatal police shooting of Jayland Walker (video below).
The incident began at about 12:30 a.m. on June 27 after police tried to stop Walker for a motor vehicle violation in the North Hill neighborhood, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
Police said Walker fled onto Route 8 southbound and fired a gun at officers from his moving vehicle.
Walker got onto Interstate 77 and then exited into the Firestone Park neighborhood with officers still in pursuit, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
That was when the suspect jumped out of his car while it was still moving and fled on foot.
Officers chased walker into the parking lot of the Bridgestone Americas campus off East Wilbeth, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
Officials said police deployed Tasers at Walker but they proved ineffective, WKYC reported.
“Actions by the suspect caused the officers to perceive he posed a deadly threat to them,” police said. “In response to this threat, officers discharged their firearms, striking the suspect.”
Walker was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene, NBC News reported.
He suffered gunshot wounds to his face, abdomen, arms, and legs, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
The preliminary medical examiner’s report said a gun was recovered inside Walker’s vehicle.
The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office has promised to release the completed autopsy report next week, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
Akron police placed eight officers on paid administrative leave while the officer-involved shooting is investigated.
Protests erupted in front of the Justice Center in downtown Akron following the shooting.
The mayor cancelled the city’s annual Fourth of July “Rib, White and Blue” festival in anticipation of unrest, but said the fireworks display would still go off.
You can see the bodycam video from the shooting below. Warning – Graphic content: