Family seeks answers in Asheville police shooting death

Jai Williams

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Family members of a man shot and killed by an Asheville police sergeant say they want more answers about the man’s death, which they say was an unjustified shooting.

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 Jai Williams
Jai Williams

The family of Jai Williams held a news conference Wednesday outside the Buncombe County courthouse.

The 35-year-old Williams, a black man, was fatally shot by Asheville Police Sgt. Tyler Radford following a police chase Saturday evening. Authorities said the officer was in fear for his life after seeing Williams armed with an AR-15 rifle.

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Williams’ mother, Najiyyah Avery, described her son’s death as “an unnecessary, unjustified shooting.”

Radford, who is white, was placed on paid administrative leave during a review by the State Bureau of Investigation.

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