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Radio traffic released in Asheville officer-involved shooting

(FILE) The scene at Deaverview Apartments on July 2, 2016 where Jai Williams, 35, was shot and killed by Sergeant Tyler Radford. Just released radio traffic between dispatchers and units in the field paints a timeline of Saturday's events and the officials' response times. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- News 13 has obtained the radio traffic of officers responding to an officer-involved shooting over the holiday weekend.

The shooting happened Saturday at Deaverview Apartments in Asheville. Jai Williams, 35, was shot and killed by Sergeant Tyler Radford.

The radio traffic between dispatchers and units in the field paints a timeline of Saturday's events and the officials' response times.

At 7:12 p.m., shots fired were reported.

At 7:14 p.m., more police units arrived on scene.

At 7:15 p.m., units on scene called for EMS to respond for multiple gunshot wounds.

Seven minutes after the first call for EMS, an ambulance arrived at Deaverview Apartments.

Those calls came after a police chase from Pisgah View Apartments ended at Deaverview Apartments where police say the leader of the chase, Williams, was shot and killed.

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As for the details of Saturday's events, the chief of police, Tammy Hooper, isn't releasing much since SBI is handling the ongoing investigation.

"There was a short struggle between the front female passenger and the front male passenger. She eventually got out of the car. He grabbed an AR-15 and the officer used deadly force against him," Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper said. "We have completely relinquished control of all of this investigation to the SBI. Having a third party agency to do this investigation ensures that it's done objectively."

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The SBI will then submit their case to the district attorney. During that process, the police department will conduct an administrative inquiry. That was discussed with the Racial Justice Coalition Tuesday afternoon.

"The chief addressed the possibility of policies and procedures being looked at and possibly changed as a result of this incident and we're very excited about that possibility," Carmen Ramos-Kennedy, the president of the Asheville-Buncombe County NAACP, said.

There are still several questions surrounding what happened Saturday. Police are still asking for the public's help to find the answers.


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