Man shot by Asheville Police had assault rifle

ASHEVILLE, NC (WSPA) – One person was shot and killed Saturday by Asheville police.

According to the Asheville Police Departement, officers were responding to a call for shots fired at Pisgah View Apartments around 7 p.m.

The suspect vehicle was located and officers chased that vehicle to Deaverview Apartments. Officers say they saw a female inside the car struggling with the driver who was later identified as 35-year-old Jai Lateef Solveig Williams of Asheville.

When officers stopped the vehicle, they began giving Williams commands. The officers say Williams displayed a weapon and was fatally shot. No officers or anyone else in the car was reportedly injured.

Chief Tammy Hooper later said in a statement that Williams was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle.

Hooper also stated that shell casings were found in Pisgah View apartments where the initial call for shots fired originated, and the weapon was recovered from Williams at the scene in Deaverview.

“The incident is currently under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation.  We are fully cooperating with the investigation and cannot release specific details. However, I would like to clarify information originally released,” Hooper said in a statement.

The officer involved, Sergeant Tyler Radford, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Radford is a patrol supervisor and has been with Asheville Police Department since 2008.

“Any death represents a loss to the community and is particularly devastating for members of the family. We are asking for the community’s patience and help as the SBI continues their investigation. Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) at 828-654-8901,” Hooper said in her statement.

The Buncombe Co. District Attorney issued the following statement:

It is important to determine what happened last Saturday night competently and accurately. Therefore, a thorough investigation may require a significant amount of time.
In this case, as in all cases, I pledge to conduct a full and fair review of the investigation.
While a thorough investigation and review of the file may take time, I expect to make a determination without unnecessary delay.
The same rules regarding a District Attorney’s public comment and the release of information in any pending matter apply in officer-involved shootings. Several factors, including ethical obligations, the integrity of the investigation, privacy concerns, and statutory requirements are all relevant in determining what information can be released.
In deference to preserving the integrity of the investigation it is my opinion that further comment at this time would be improper, just as it would be in any other pending investigation.

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