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Police fatally shot a man carrying an air rifle at an Ohio Walmart earlier this week.
Another customer called 911 to report 22-year-old John Crawford waving what appeared to be an AR-15 at children and others at the Beavercreek retailer.
The mother of Crawford’s children said she was speaking to him by cell phone when he was confronted by police in the store.
“He said he was at the video games playing videos, and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were,” said LeeCee Johnson. “The next thing I know, he said, ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting, and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him.”
“I could hear him just crying and screaming,” Johnson said. “I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”
Ohio’s attorney general, who was asked by Beavercreek police to investigate the case,confirmed Crawford was holding a MK-177 (.177 caliber) BB/Pellet Rifle when he was shot to death.
The former Marine who called police said Crawford looked to be attempting to load the black air rifle and ignored police commands to drop the weapon.
“He looked like he was going to go violently,” said Ronald Ritchie. “If he would have dropped the weapon, he could have came out with his life, but unfortunately, he didn’t.”
The department’s chief, Dennis Evers, said officers Sean Williams and David Darkow acted appropriately.
“The officers gave verbal commands to the subject to drop the weapon,” Evers said in a statement. “The subject … was shot after failing to comply with the officers’ commands. The quick response of officers was instrumental in containing this situation and minimizing the risk to customers.”
The attorney general’s office will hand over the investigation once it’s completed to the Greene County prosecutor, who will then decide whether to present the case to a grand jury.
Another customer, 37-year-old Angela Williams, suffered a medical emergency during the incident and died a short time later at an area hospital.
Watch this video report posted online by Dayton Daily News:
No officers will be charged in the death of John Crawford III, who was shot while carrying a BB gun sold at the store.
An Ohio special grand jury decided after days of deliberation that no officers will be charged in the death of 22-year-old John Crawford III, who was shot and killed inside a Beaverton Wal-Mart while carrying an air rifle sold at the store.
Special Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier announced Wednesday morning at a press conference that the jury found the Aug. 5 police shooting justified.
WHIO reports that this is the third time in the past five years that an Ohio grand jury has decided not to indict police in a case in which the shooting was highly questionable.
According to witnesses, Crawford was walking around the store carrying a gun that is similar to a BB gun at his waist. Police responded to calls of a man carrying a gun, and when they encountered Crawford, they claim, he didn't respond to calls to drop the gun and was shot.
Crawford's family has stated emphatically since the shooting that race has played a factor in Crawford's death and that the shooting was not justified. It was also reported that Crawford was on the phone at the time of the shooting and may not have heard the police commands. The family is demanding that the federal authorities investigate the case.
Piepmeier also announced that the surveillance video of the shooting will be released to the public, according to Cincinnati.com.
"A former marine" called in a BB gun? Um, can we carry brooms and garden equipment in the store without someone calling the police, I hope? It is a bit stupid, to "brandish" even a toy gun around as if it is real in this day and age, but daaaaang! Stupid is not lawfully punished by death penalty, last time I checked Murder still might be, though.
Exactly Denise, things have gone mad...