Unarmed US black motorist who was killed by police was shot 46 times

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An unarmed black motorist who was killed by police in Ohio was shot 46 times, according to a post-mortem report.

Jayland Walker, from Akron, suffered 41 entry wounds and five wounds from bullets that grazed him. Some 26 bullets were recovered from his body.

Mr Walker “had several very devastating injuries that would cause death,” including injuries to his heart, lungs and arteries, said the Summit County medical examiner, Dr Lisa Kohler.

The examiner’s office could not determine if one specific bullet killed him.

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There were 15 gunshot wounds to his torso, 17 gunshots to his pelvis and upper legs, one bullet to his face, eight to his arms and right hand, and five to his knees, lower right leg and right foot.

Five wounds entered in the back of his body, but it could not be determined if that was when he was running from officers or just moving his body, she added.

Dr Kohler’s post-mortem established that Mr Walker, 25, had no drugs or alcohol in his system when he was shot and killed by police during a routine traffic stop in Akron on 27 June.

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Officers opened fire on him after they tried to pull him over for a minor traffic violation and he fled.

Police said Mr Walker fired a shot from his car 40 seconds into the minutes-long vehicle chase.

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Police chase man before shots fired

After the pursuit, Mr Walker jumped out of the car and ran from the officers, a video released by police showed.

Police said it appears he was turning towards officers, who at the time believed he was armed.

Bodycam footage showed Mr Walker wearing a ski mask, getting out of the front passenger door of his still-moving vehicle and then running into a car park where police opened fire.

The blurry footage does not clearly show what authorities said was a threatening gesture made by Mr Walker before he was shot.

Police chased him for about 10 seconds before officers fired from multiple directions, in a burst of shots that lasted six or seven seconds.

Summit County Medical Examiner Dr Lisa Kohler. Pic: AP
Summit County medical examiner Dr Lisa Kohler spoke at a news conference. Pic: AP

No gun was discovered on Walker’s body but a gun was found in his car, they said.

Eight officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave.

The Ohio attorney general’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation is leading the probe of police use of force.

Since the incident, protesters have held demonstrations in the city calling for police to be held accountable for the shooting and for justice for Mr Walker, whose funeral took place on Thursday.

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  1. The man fired a weapon at the police during evasion, jumped from a still moving car wearing a mask, failed to stop on command by police. Would you wait until he fired his weapon at you again? Pehaps you didn’t care if you went home to your family at the end of your shift…………

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