A Walmart shooting leaves one man fatally shot by police in Ohio after waving a weapon that turned out to be an air rifle.
According to The Inquisitr, the shooting that left the father haunted about the incident. John Crawford Jr. talked about the day his son was shot and killed. It was August 5, and as he does every week, stopped by his son’s Fairfield home.
The Ohio Walmart shooting occurred because Crawford III didn’t respond to orders to put the gun down, according to officers. The Crawford family and their attorney have said that a section of store surveillance video they saw shows Crawford III holding the air rifle and talking on his cellphone.
The family has requested public release of the Walmart store video. However, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has refused to release it while the officer shooting investigation is continuing.
Crawford Jr. said he was in Ohio the day of the Ohio Walmart shooting and had stopped by to see his son, who wasn’t at his Fairfield home. The mother of his son’s two young children was there talking on her cellphone to Crawford III, who was at the Walmart store shopping, according to Crawford Jr. He said she began screaming when she heard shots and put the call on speaker.
Crawford Jr. told Cincinnati about the Ohio Walmart shooting:
“You could hear in the background he was gasping … I’m virtually listening to my kid taking his last breath.”
According to Examiner, the shooting still haunts the victim’s father because a cellphone call in which he said he heard his son’s dying breaths keeps replaying in his head.
Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier is now overseeing the officer shooting investigation as special prosecutor. Piepmeier is scheduled to present evidence in the case to a Greene County grand jury this month. Jurors will determine if anyone should be charged in the Ohio Walmart shooting.
But the parents of Crawford III and their attorney have asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office to take over the officer shooting investigation and determine if there were any civil rights violations.
Family attorney Michael Wright said:
“We do believe there was a violation of his civil rights and that does have to do with race.”
Federal authorities have said they are monitoring the Ohio Walmart shooting investigation.
Crawford Jr. described his son as a typical 22-year-old who was laid back and very family oriented. He had once considered going into the military and had recently said he wanted to start college, his father said. The final autopsy report has not been completed, and Crawford Jr. said he has not been told which of the two officers in the shooting was responsible for the death of his son.
The Ohio Walmart shooting does come with some discrepancies. The Crawford family and their attorney have said that a section of store surveillance video they saw shows Crawford III holding the air rifle and talking on his cellphone. The mother said she began screaming when she heard shots and put the call on speaker.