The Akron mayor and police chief will update the incident on Sunday. This is after the officers involved in Walker’s killing were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
According to a lawyer representing the family of Jayland Walker, the 25-year-old was shot by police as he turned his back to them during the June 27 incident in Akron, Ohio.
Officials will release the body camera footage of the incident. Officers reported that Walker fired a gun from his vehicle during an early morning traffic stop, from which he fled but was fatally shot in a nearby parking lot.
Police said in a statement released after the incident that they perceived a deadly threat in the suspect’s actions.
The Akron Beacon Journal reported that Bobby DiCello, a lawyer who represented Walker, said that there could have been 90 shots fired at him. However, he pointed out that a single bullet can cause multiple wounds.
According to the lawyer, his team had not seen evidence that Walker fired at the officers before reviewing the body camera footage of the killing.
On Wednesday, small protests were held in Akron over the death, compared to several recent high-profile police killings of Black men across the country.
Walker’s aunt, Lajuana Walker-Dawkins, told reporters on Friday: “Jayland was a sweet young man, he never caused trouble.”