DA: APD officer will not face charges in shooting death of Jai Williams


    (FILE) A family photo of Jai Williams. (Photo credit: Najiyyah Avery)

    The Buncombe County district attorney said no charges will be filed in a fatal Asheville police shooting.

    Officer Tyler Radford shot and killed 33-year-old Jai Williams at Deaverview Apartments on July 2, 2016.

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    Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams said he reviewed more than 900 pages of documents and 30 hours of audio and video before making a decision.

    The DA said the eyewitness testimony of two women was crucial. Both were in the car with Williams when he initially fired an assault rifle at Pisgah View Apartments and rode with him to Deaverview Apartments where he was eventually shot by police.

    According to police, a call came in about shots fired at Pisgah View Apartments and police got a description of a white vehicle.

    The white vehicle was spotted some time later, police said, and a chase ensued to Deaverview Apartments, with four people in the white vehicle. During the chase, a woman inside the vehicle appeared to be struggling with the driver and tried to get out of the vehicle, according to police.

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    The suspect "ran up on a curb," police said, and then "displayed a gun" after ignoring commands from an officer, and before the officer used deadly force.

    Williams' family and supporters have said the police narrative about what led to Sgt. Tyler Radford shooting Williams at the entrance to Deaverview Apartments is different from what the family believes, and what they say witnesses are telling them.

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