Police and prosecutors are now processing the evidence for a grand jury to investigate the case of a man shot at Walmart on August 5 of this year. The shooting occurred in Cincinnati, where John Crawford III was unarmed and shot by police while carrying an air rifle, which isn’t a real gun at all.
Police claim that the man was waving the air rifle at customers and that the 22-year old appeared to be a threat. All this according to a statement from Beavercreek Police Capt. Eric Grile.
But the attorney for the family says that Crawford picked up the air rifle off a shelf in the store and was on the phone when cops confronted him.
Ronald Ritchie, who witnessed the incident, called 911 to report “a gentleman walking around with a gun in the store.” He also said that Crawford was waving the gun back and forth. That’s when there were screams in the background and shots fired.
According to police, Crawford did not comply with police commands to drop the weapon.
Crawford died shortly after being transported to a nearby hospital. His death was ruled a homicide by gunshot wound to the torso, according to the local coroner’s office.