Man shot by off-duty Cumberland County deputy, sparking protest

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The shooting of a Black man by a sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina sparked a protest Sunday.

The News & Observer reports that the shooting took place shortly after 2:15 p.m. Saturday in Fayetteville.

A news release issued by the Fayetteville Police Department said 37-year-old Jason Walker was struck by the truck of an off-duty Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy.

Authorities said the deputy shot Walker and then called 911.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office identified the deputy as Jeffrey Hash, and said Hash, who has been with the sheriff’s office since 2005, has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

The police department said a preliminary investigation determined Walker “ran into traffic and jumped on a moving vehicle.”

A group of protesters who demonstrated outside the Fayetteville police station Sunday disputed the account given by police.

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