Several police officers in Ohio have been put on paid administrative leave. This comes after a police chase resulted in the fatal shooting of Jayland Walker, 25, on Monday.
Around 12:30 a.m., officers from the Akron Police Department tried to stop Walker for a traffic violation. However, Walker wouldn’t pull over, the agency stated.
A pursuit began, and at first, police said that Walker began to shoot at them from his car.
Now, police have made a different statement. They said, “Actions by the suspect caused the officers to perceive he posed a deadly threat to them. In response to the threat, officers discharged their firearms, striking the suspect.”
The department added that officers went after the vehicle for “several minutes.” The individual then slowed down and ran from the vehicle as it was still in motion. A foot pursuit started, and it ended in a parking lot.
Reports indicate that Walker died from dozens of gunshot injuries to his face, abdomen, and upper legs. A total of 90 shots were said to have been fired at him.
A document from the medical examiner’s office noted that Walker was “observed laying on his back and was in handcuffs.” This was seen when the medical examiner arrived to the location.
The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office has stated that Walker’s death has been deemed to be a homicide.
Authorities plan to release body cam footage of the incident and more details on what occurred soon.
A Missouri man was indicted Tuesday for allegedly leaving a voicemail containing a threat on the personal cell phone of an election official in the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Walter Lee Hoornstra, 50, of Tecumseh, is charged with one count of communicating an interstate threat and one count of making a threatening telephone call.
“These unlawful threats of violence endanger election officials, undermine our electoral process, and threaten our democracy,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The department’s Election Threats Task Force, working with our partners across the country, remains committed to investigating and prosecuting such illegal threats to ensure that these public servants are able to do their jobs free from intimidation.”
According to the indictment, on or about May 19, 2021, Hoornstra allegedly left the following voicemail message on the personal cell phone of the election official: “So I see you’re for fair and competent elections, that’s what it says here on your homepage for your recorder position you’re trying to fly here. But you call things unhinged and insane lies when there’s a forensic audit going on. You need to check yourself. You need to do your [expletive] job right because other people from other states are watching your ass. You [expletive] renege on this deal or give them any more troubles, your ass will never make it to your next little board meeting.”
“The FBI is committed to vigorously investigating and holding accountable anyone who threatens election workers,” said Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “These public servants protect our fundamental right to vote by administering fair and free elections. Any attempts to interfere with our elections by intimidating election officials, their staffs, and volunteers with threats of violence will not be tolerated.”
If convicted, Hoornstra faces up to five years in prison for making a threatening interstate communication and up to two years in prison for making a threatening telephone call. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Surveillance video caught the moment a Prescott Valley Wendy’s employee came up to a customer and sucker-punched him after an argument a couple of weeks ago. On July 26, 35-year-old Antoine Kendrick was at the register taking the 67-year-old man’s order. However, police say the man then complained about his order, and that’s when things turned violent.