Investigators submit report on Jai Williams shooting in Asheville

Jai Williams
Jai Williams

ASHEVILLE, NC (WSPA) – The NC State Bureau of Investigation has submitted their report on and officer-involved shooting in Asheville.

The District Attorney’s Office will review it to determine if the use of lethal force was lawfully justified.

Jai Lateef Solveig Williams of Asheville, 35, was shot and killed on July 2nd by Asheville police.

According to the Asheville Police Department, 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 Williams.

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 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.

District Attorney Todd Williams released the following statement:

Today the NC State Bureau of Investigation submitted its comprehensive investigation and report concerning the officer-involved shooting of Jai Williams for review. The submission includes more than 900 pages of written documentation, hundreds of digital photographs and multiple hours of audio and video recordings. I will carefully review all of the submitted materials, present the investigation’s findings to the family, and make a charging decision without undue delay. In this case, as in all cases, I am obligated to refrain from comment during this phase.

The Asheville Police Department’s Professional Standards Division will also conduct an administrative investigation to determine if policies were followed.

Chief Tammy Hooper has been meeting with members of the  Racial Justice Coalition, Inter-Denominational Ministerial Alliance, Baptist Ministries Union, NAACP (Asheville Branch), Christians for a United Community, Residence Council and the Stop the Violence Coalition and other community groups.

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

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

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