Published On: Fri, Jul 15th, 2022

Jayland Walker was wounded 46 times by Ohio police, medical examiner says


Jayland Walker, the Black motorist killed by Ohio police last month, suffered 46 gunshot wounds in the hail of officer gunfire, the medical examiner’s office revealed Friday. 

The 46 shots were from entrance and graze wounds, Summit County Medical Examiner Lisa Kohler said in a news conference announcing a summary of the autopsy findings.

Walker, 25, died of blood loss from his internal injuries and the cause of death was by multiple gunshot wounds. The manner was ruled a homicide, shot by others, Kohler said. 

She broke down the injuries he suffered across his body: 15 gunshot wounds to his torso, 17 gunshots to his pelvis and upper legs, one bullet to his face, eight to his arms and right hand and five to his knees, lower right leg and right foot.

Fifteen of the 46 shots were exit wounds and five were graze wounds, according to Kohler.

Walker tested negative for drugs of abuse and alcohol, according to the toxicology screening, she said.

Walker was killed on June 27 after an attempted traffic stop by Akron police. 

Officers tried to pull Walker over on an unspecified traffic violation, and a car chase ensued. During that pursuit, they “reported a firearm being discharged from the suspect vehicle,” the Akron Police Department said.

When Walker jumped out of his moving car, officers pursued him on foot and eventually opened fire.

Harrowing video footage released by the police department shows the moment officers unleash a barrage of bullets towards Walker. 

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A mourner leaves the funeral of Jayland Walker on Wednesday in Akron, Ohio.Phil Masturzo / USA Today Network

He was pronounced dead on the scene and no gun was found on Walker’s body. 

Bobby DiCello, an attorney for the Walker family, said dozens of shots were fired. 

“He is just in a down sprint when he is dropped by I think the count is more than 90 shots,” DiCello told the Akron Beacon Journal. “Now, how many of those land, according to our investigation right now, we’re getting details that suggest 60 to 80 wounds.”

The eight officers involved have been placed on administrative leave. The Ohio attorney general’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation will lead the probe of police use of force.

Akron police said Walker’s actions “caused the officers to perceive he posed a deadly threat to them,” which prompted them to discharge their firearms.

The Akron chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police said this month that it believes investigators will find that the officers’ actions and the number of shots were justified. NBC News is reaching out to representatives for the organization.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.



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