AKRON, Ohio — Moments after the city of Akron released body cam video of the fatal shooting of Jayland Walker, the Fraternal Order of Police issued a statement.
Eight officers were involved in the shooting that took place in the overnight hours of Monday. All have been placed on leave, per Akron Police Department policy.
"This incident is a tragedy for our entire community, including the family of Jayland Walker, as well as all of the officers involved," the Fraternal Order of Police Akron Lodge 7 stated. The FOP added that every officer involved is cooperating with the independent investigation conducted by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett said that it is unknown exactly how many rounds were fired at Walker. The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has reported that he sustained 60 wounds. However the number of entry and exit wounds need to be confirmed.
"We believe the independent investigation will justify the officers' actions, including the number of shots fired," the FOP stated. "The decision to deploy lethal force as well as the number of shots fired is consistent with use of force protocols and officers' training."
At the time of the shooting, Walker was unarmed. Police discovered his gun, a loaded magazine, and a gold ring in the car.
You can read the entire statement from the FOP below:
- UPDATES | Akron police says Jayland Walker was unarmed at time of fatal shooting; Akron NAACP to hold 'Peaceful Community March and Rally'
- Watch live: Akron officials release new details and bodycam footage from deadly police shooting of Jayland Walker
- 3News Investigates: Jayland Walker fled from officers night before fatal chase with Akron police