Authorities revealed that forces chased Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old DoorDash driver, for a traffic infraction early Monday. The Akron Police Department noted that during the pursuit, Walker fired a gun from outside the vehicle — a claim that Walker’s family has refuted. Walker was pronounced dead at the parking lot where he was shot.
“Actions by the suspect caused the officers to perceive he posed a deadly threat to them,” police said in a news release. “In response to this threat, officers discharged their firearms, striking the suspect.”
Autopsy records show that eight officers fired more than 90 rounds at Walker, with more than 60 striking his body, Bobby DiCello, one of the family’s attorneys told The Washington Post.
“There are wounds on all sides and parts of his body,” DiCello said.
In the same vein, Akron police indicated that eight officers involved in the shooting had been placed on paid administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Details surrounding the number of shots fired by police have not been released by authorities. The officers have not yet been publicly identified.