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Disclaimer: The above video contains graphic content. Viewer discretion is advised. Ohio police released body camera footage on Thursday showing an officer firing multiple shots through a wooden privacy fence with no warning at someone firing shots in the air on the other side . James Williams, 46, of Canton, was shot in the chest minutes in the New Year and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The video was released by the township police department. The video shows the officer approaching the high privacy fence in a residential area as the sound of multiple gunshots sounded. Smoke from what appears to be a gun can be seen billowing into the air above the fence. The officer then fires several shots through the fence. After firing, he shouts, “Police, get down now! Police, get down now!” New Year’s tradition in their neighborhood. After the shooting, the video shows another officer taking cover behind a cruiser and shouting, “Show me your (expletive) hands” after Marquetta Williams climbed onto the porch of the house. The officer who then fired yelled, “Everyone down. Over here, on the sidewalk, on the floor.” Marquetta Williams and others, including several children, can be seen gathering on the porch steps of the home with their hands raised as the officer enters the home to find James Williams lying on the living room floor, shot in the hand. Chest. The video confirms what Marquetta Williams told the Canton Repository. Her husband was shot without warning. Township Police Chief Jack Angelo said Saturday the officer was outside his squad car and confronted someone firing a weapon. He said the officer feared for his life. Police spokesman Lt. Dennis Garren said Thursday the department had no further comment and the shooting was being investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The officer, who has not been identified, has been placed on administrative leave. Williams was the father of four daughters and stepfather to two other children.

Disclaimer: The above video contains graphic content. Viewer discretion recommended.

Ohio police released body camera footage on Thursday showing an officer firing multiple shots through a wooden privacy fence with no warning at someone firing shots in the air on the other side .

James Williams, 46, of Canton, was shot in the chest minutes into the New Year and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The video was released by the cantonal police.

The video shows the officer approaching the high privacy fence in a residential area as the sound of multiple gunshots sounded. Smoke from what appears to be a gun can be seen billowing into the air above the fence.

The officer then fires several shots through the fence. After firing, he shouts, “Police, get down now! Police, get down now!”

Marquetta Williams, James’ wife, told the Canton Repository that her husband used his AR-15 rifle to fire celebratory bullets which she said were a New Year’s tradition in their neighborhood.

After the shooting, the video shows another officer taking cover behind a cruiser and shouting, “Show me your (expletive) hands” after Marquetta Williams climbed onto the porch of the house.

The officer who fired then shouted, “Everyone down. Over here, on the sidewalk, on the floor.”

Marquetta Williams and others, including several children, can be seen gathering on the porch steps of the home with their hands raised as the officer enters the home to find James Williams lying on the living room floor, suffering from a bullet in the chest.

The video confirms what Marquetta Williams told the Canton Repository. Her husband was shot without warning.

Township Police Chief Jack Angelo said Saturday the officer was outside his car and was confronted by someone firing a weapon. He said the officer feared for his life.

Police spokesman Lt. Dennis Garren said Thursday the department had no further comment and the shooting was being investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The officer, who has not been identified, has been placed on administrative leave.

Williams was the father of four daughters and the stepfather of two other children.

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