New details in deaths of 2 at Walmart


New details in deaths of 2 at Walmart

Public records released Thursday revealed additional details about the deaths of two people after an officer-involved shooting at the Beavercreek Walmart, including that John Crawford III had marijuana in his system at the time of the shooting.

The death of Angela Williams — the Fairborn woman who collapsed inside the store and died the same night as John Crawford III — was ruled a homicide, a reference to the chaos inside Walmart that night. Beavercreek police shot and killed Crawford, whose death was previously ruled a homicide.

Homicide means a death caused by another human being.

A special grand jury on Wednesday declined to indict anyone.

Also Thursday, the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released the Montgomery County coroner’s report on Crawford’s autopsy, which confirms that Crawford died of a gunshot wound to his torso.

It also says Crawford had the parent compound of marijuana in his system at the time of his killing. The report found that Crawford had used marijuana in the past several hours, said Dr. Kent Harshbarger, the coroner.

“What I can say is that it is acute use, that is recent, (within) hours,” Harshbarger said.

The Greene County Coroner’s Office determination on Williams’ death appears on a supplemental medical certification released Thursday by the Ohio Department of Health’s office of Vital Statistics. The certification completes Williams’ official death certificate.

Williams, 37, was inside the store with family Aug. 5 when Beavercreek Police officers shot Crawford after responding to a 911 call about a man waving a rifle that was actually an air rifle sold in Walmart. She was taken to Soin Medical Center, where she died at 9:14 p.m.

Greene County Coroner Dr. Kevin Sharrett attributes the cause of her death to acute ventricular dysrhythmia due to hypertensive and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Described otherwise, Williams had an irregular heartbeat causing a cardiac arrest as a consequence of heart disease. The report makes no note of drugs or alcohol in Williams’ system.

The manner of Williams’ death is officially listed as homicide because of the chaotic circumstances inside the Beavercreek Walmart, according William Harden, the Greene County Coroner’s Office chief investigator.

“If she had been walking around normally and just collapsed, that would be a natural death,” he said. “She was fleeing and running.”

Harden said under the care of a cardiologist, her existing heart conditions may have been treated therapeutically or through a surgical device like a stent.

“But her death did not come from her extensive heart problems, it came because she was fleeing,” Harden said.

Williams worked for two years at Villa Springfield nursing home, first as a floor nurse then as a staffing administrator.

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