Photo: Marshall Gorby
Photo: Marshall Gorby

Attorney asks state to release surveillance footage from Walmart shooting

Beavercreek Walmart shooting ended with two deaths.State doesn’t expect to release footage until investigation ends.

The attorney for relatives of a man shot and killed by Beavercreek police in a Walmart Aug. 5 has not received a response from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office regarding his request for public records.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation said no response had been sent as of Thursday afternoon to Michael Wright, who represents the family of John H. Crawford III.

“I am not aware of any plans to release any video prior to the closing of the case,” said Jill Del Greco, spokeswoman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Wright requested surveillance video from Walmart the night police said they shot Crawford, 21, when he did not drop a Crosman MK-177 air rifle/pellet gun after receiving a 911 call from a customer saying a man was waving a rifle at people, including children. Crawford died later at Miami Valley Hospital.

Wright also asked for Beavercreek police policies and procedures, personnel files of officer Sean Williams and Sgt. David Darkow, all pertinent 911 calls and the incident report and all related materials.

The Dayton Daily News also has requested the incident report and full narrative. Beavercreek police have not released a narrative beyond one with a one-line description, “Dispatched to Walmart for a disturbance/weapons complaint.”

Wright appeared on the Cincinnati radio station WDBZ The Buzz (1230 AM) and discussed the case with host Lincoln Ware. Wright did not return a message seeking comment.

Visitation for Crawford is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Inspirational Baptist Church, 11450 Sebring Rd. in Forest Park. The funeral begins at 11 a.m. with interment at Spring Grove Cemetery.

Some Dayton-area residents planned to join others across the United States in a National Moment of Silence Thursday evening by holding a vigil for Crawford and 37-year-old Angela Williams of Fairborn, who died of a medical episode after she tried to exit the Beavercreek Walmart when shots were fired.

Vigil co-organizer Amaha Sellassie said the group had permission from the Walmart at 3360 Pentagon Blvd. to hold the vigil.

“It’s just a group of concerned citizens. We just came together after the incident, and we wanted to do something to pay respect to both families,” Sellassie said. “We wanted to join in with the National Moment of Silence because so much has happened in this last week that we just wanted to create a space for people to come together and have a moment of reflection.”

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