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Unarmed US black motorist who was killed by police was shot 46 times

A post-mortem report revealed that a police officer in Ohio shot 46 shots at an unarmed black motorist who had been killed.

Jayland Wade from Akron sustained 41 entry wounds as well as five bullet wounds from bullets which grazed his body. His body was found with 26 bullets.

According to Dr Lisa Kohler, the Summit County medical examiner said that Mr Walker had “very devastating injuries that could cause death”, including injuries to his heart and lungs.

The office of the examiner could not determine whether one bullet caused his death.


He sustained 15 gunshot wounds in his torso and 17 to his pelvis. There were also 17 gunshots to the upper legs and pelvis. One bullet was delivered to his face. Eight bullets were fired to his arms, right hand, and knees. Five bullets were directed to his right foot, right leg, and lower right leg.

She said that five of the wounds were in his back, but it was not clear if he was running away from officers or moving his body.

Dr Kohler’s post mortem revealed that Walker, 25, was clean of any drugs and alcohol when he was shot to death by police in Akron during a routine traffic stop on 27 June.

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After trying to pull him over for minor traffic violations, officers opened fire and he fled.

Police say Mr Walker fired from his car at 40 seconds into the long vehicle chase.

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Police chase man after shots are fired

Police released a video showing that Walker ran away from officers after the pursuit.

According to police, he appeared to be turning towards officers who believed that he was armed.

The bodycam footage showed Walker in a ski mask getting out of his vehicle’s front passenger door and running into a parking lot where police opened fire.

It is unclear if the blurry footage clearly shows what authorities claimed was a threatening gesture by Walker before he was killed.

He was chased by police for approximately 10 seconds, before officers opened fire from multiple directions in a six- to seven second burst.

Image: Dr Lisa Kohler, Summit County medical examiner, spoke at a news conference. Pic: Associated Press

They said that Walker was not found with a gun, but that he had a gun in his car.

Eight officers who were involved in the shooting were put on administrative leave.

The investigation into police force use of force is being led by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Ohio Attorney General.

Protesters in the city have called for the arrest of police officers involved in the shooting as well as justice for Walker’s family. Walker’s funeral was held on Thursday.


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