Police: 2 officers confronted, shot Walmart suspect waving weapon

Officer Sean Williams (left), Sgt. David Darkow (right). (Photo/Beavercreek Police Department)
Officer Sean Williams (left), Sgt. David Darkow (right). (Photo/Beavercreek Police Department)

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – Beavercreek police say it was their officers that fired the shot that killed a man inside a Walmart store.

Police Chief Dennis Evers identified the two police officers involved in the shooting. They are Sergeant David Darkow and Officer Sean Williams.  We did some digging and found that Officer Williams was involved in another shooting incident during a domestic dispute at an apartment complex in 2010.  He was cleared of wrong doing.

The chief says the officers were called to the store at 8360 Pentagon Boulevard Tuesday night after receiving a 911 call at 8:21 p.m.

Chief Evers says the officers confronted the suspect, John Crawford II, 22, near the pet department and said Crawford was waving some type of rifle. He went on to confirm that the officers verbally told the suspect to drop the weapon. When he did not comply, Sgt. Darkow fired. Crawford was removed to Miami Valley Hospital where he died.

A mother shopping with her two children collapsed as she left the store. Angela Williams, 37, died a short time later at Soin Medical Center.

The chief says the officers arrived within three minutes of the call and their quick action kept the situation from escalating further.

“Preliminary findings show the officers acted appropriately within the circumstances,” said Chief Evers. “We have asked Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine to allow the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to handle further investigation into what happened.”

The chief also asked for any witnesses to step forward with any information. They are asked to call Captain Eric Grile at 426-1225.

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