Leaked Fayetteville police shooting raises questions

Leaked Fayetteville police shooting raises questions (Image 1)

A lot of questions surround a leaked police dash cam video that shows a deadly officer involved shooting in Fayetteville in January 2013.

The video was recently acquired by the whistleblowing website The Intercept.

The dash cam video shows Officer Aaron Hunt fire five shots striking 22-year-old Nijza Hagans four times, killing him.

Moments after the shooting, Hunt can be heard telling other officers what happened.

“I keep screaming at him, I’m like, ‘Dude, put your hands on the wheel,'” Hunt said to fellow police officers.

The shooting occurred after Hunt pulled Hagans over for allegedly driving through a red light.

That’s when Hunt said he spotted a gun on Hagans.

“I’m like, ‘Dude, I see the butt of the gun in your pocket just keep your hands on the wheel,'” Hunt said to other officers.

The video then shows Hagans push open the door and run as Hunt fires.

Fayetteville City Councilman Mitch Colvin found the video to be disturbing.

“Anytime you see a person lose their life on camera, it’s disturbing and I certainly looked at it and have sympathy for the family,” Colvin said. “We’ve had our problems in the past no doubt about it and I think we need to look forward to make sure we can make the citizens confident that the police are on their side.”

The shooting was investigated by the District Attorney’s office.

District Attorney Billy West said Hunt acted in self-defense and fired his weapon as a last resort.

Hunt was cleared in the incident.

But now the Hagans’ family has filed a civil suit.

Fayetteville police would not comment because of the civil case and neither would attorneys for the Hagans family.

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