Body camera footage released in a fatal shooting of Ohio man New Year’s Day

The officer has been granted administrative leave pending an investigation.

Just minutes after the clock struck midnight, James “Roe” Williams was shot dead by police on New Year’s Day.

The Canton Police Department has now released body camera footage showing the moments leading up to the fatal incident as the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation begins its investigation.

Williams, 46, fired festive shots into the air from his rifle just outside his home in Canton, Ohio, on January 1, when police arrived, his wife, Marquetta Williams, told ABC News.

Canton police said they were called in to investigate a shooting incident.

In body camera footage, an officer can be heard saying, “I saw the man’s head through the fence. After hearing the shots, I sat in my crossbar, went up to the porch, and I saw him put the rifle away.”

Then several shots are fired and the officer appears to be heading towards the sound. The officer approaches the fence to Williams’ home. Shots can still be heard in the sound of the body camera footage. That’s when the officer shoots at the fence and fatally hits Williams, who, Marquetta said, was on the other side.

According to Marquetta Williams, her husband was bleeding as he entered their home. Body camera footage then shows Marquetta Williams coming out the front door and shouting, “My husband has been shot!” Another officer can be heard on the footage noting that there are children inside the house.

The officers then ordered all the people in the house to get out and walk on the sidewalk, according to the video.

First aid was provided when Williams was encountered at the home and he was transported by Canton Fire paramedics to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to officials.

All evidence has been handed over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, according to the Canton Police Department. The officer involved, who has not yet been named, has been given administrative leave.

A statement from the Canton Police Department said the officer was “in fear for his safety” when he shot Williams.

Marquetta Williams called the shooting “unfounded” and “sensible,” adding that the officer shot through a fence designed for privacy and difficult to see through.

“My husband and my family and my children will get justice,” she said. “This could have been avoided.”

She described her husband as a “good man” and a loving father.

“All he did was take care of his kids,” Marquetta Williams said. “He would give you the shirt from the back, and they took it from me and my babies.”

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