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Warning: The video above contains graphic content. The discretion of the spectator is advised. Ohio Police released body camera footage on Thursday showing an officer firing multiple bullets through a wooden fence without warning at someone shooting 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 posted by the Canton Police Department. Video shows the officer approaching the high private fence in a residential area as the sound of several gunshots echoed. Smoke from what appears to be a gun can be seen billowing into the air over the fence. The officer then fires several shots through the fence. After firing, he yells, “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 shells that he she said to be a New Years 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 walked through the front porch of the house. The officer who then fired shouts: “Everyone on the ground. Here, on the sidewalk, on the ground.” Marquetta Williams and others, including several children, can be seen gathering on the front porch steps of the house with their hands raised as the officer walks into the house to find James Williams lying on the living room floor, shot 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 on Saturday the officer was outside his patrol car and was confronted with a person firing a gun. He said the officer feared for his life. Police spokesman Lt. Dennis Garren said Thursday the department had made no further comment and that the shooting was under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The officer, who has not been identified, was placed on administrative leave. Williams was the father of four daughters and the stepfather of two other children.

Warning: The video above contains graphic content. Discretion of viewers recommended.

Ohio Police released body camera footage on Thursday showing an officer firing multiple bullets through a wooden fence without warning at someone shooting in the air on the other side.

James Williams, 46, of Canton, was shot in the chest minutes after the start of the new year and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The video was broadcast by the cantonal police.

Video shows the officer approaching the high privacy fence in a residential area as the sound of several gunshots echoed. 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 off now!” Police, get off now! “

James’s wife Marquetta Williams told the Canton Repository that her husband used his AR-15 rifle to fire celebratory bullets which she said were a New Years 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 walks through the front porch of the house.

The officer who fired then shouts: “Everyone on the ground. Here, on the sidewalk, on the floor.

Marquetta Williams and others, including several children, can be seen congregating on the front porch steps of the house with their hands raised as the officer walks into the house to find James Williams lying on the living room floor, touched in Chest.

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

Canton Police Chief Jack Angelo said on Saturday the officer was outside his police car and was confronted by someone firing a gun. He said the officer feared for his life.

Police spokesman Lt. Dennis Garren said Thursday the department had made no further comment and the shooting was under investigation 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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