RAW: 911 calls released from fatal, 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. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

WARNING: 911 call audio contains explicit language.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- News 13 has obtained 911 calls from the July 2 officer-involved shooting that led to the death of Jai Williams at Deaverview Apartments.

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Police said calls first came in about "shots fired" at Pisgah View Apartments, and police got a description of a white vehicle.

Jai Williams, 35, was later shot and killed by Sgt. Tyler Radford at Deaverview apartments.

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In a statement released on Monday, Chief Tammy Hooper said Williams was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle.

Callers on the scene at Deaverview Apartments were upset about the length of time it took for EMS to arrive, with some callers claiming it took 30 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.

But data provided by Asheville Police Department from 911 dispatchers shows police radio shots fired at 7:12. EMS was requested about 90 seconds later, and was en route within 2 minutes. CAD records of police units and dispatcher notes provided by APD show that an EMS unit arrived on scene at 7:24 -- 12 minutes after the initial call of shots fired.

At a press conference Wednesday held by T.H.U.G. -- which stands for True Healing Under God, a civil rights organization based in Charlotte -- family members and supporters of Williams questioned whether he needed to be shot by police, as well as whether more could have been done after the shooting to help him.

"At least CPR could have been administered," said John Barnett, the head of T.H.U.G. "We're talking about humanity. Every life is precious--even if he was in the wrong."

Chief Hooper said APD has handed the investigation over to the SBI.

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