Walmart shooting suspect identified, Walmart releases statement

John Crawford
John Crawford (Contributed Photo)

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of the Walmart shooting suspect.  He is identified as John Crawford, 22, of Fairfield.

In the meantime, the Beavercreek Walmart store is back open after a shooting incident Tuesday night.  Customers are already returning to shop.  In fact, the lot appeared full of cars by noon.

“I’m very sad about the whole thing, cuz with two kids in the back of my car, I’m very concerned about taking them into the store and have them with me,” said Mark Hadley, Walmart customer.

The Beavercreek Police Department confirms that an officer shot and killed a rifle-waving suspect at the store.

Officers say they responded to the Walmart on Pentagon Boulevard at 8:21 p.m. on reports that a man was waving a rifle type weapon at customers.

A statement released early Wednesday morning states: “Responding officers confronted the suspect inside the store area and the subject was shot after failing to comply with officers verbal commands.”

Crawford was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where he died.

The second victim in this event apparently died from some sort of medical collapse.  She is identified as Angela Williams, 37, of Fairborn.  The coroner’s office says she was running away from the incident when she collapsed.  She died at Soin Medical Center.  An autopsy will be completed today, but results are not expected for several weeks.  Williams was expected to be married this Saturday.

Walmart released a statement Wednesday afternoon that reads:  “We are deeply saddened about the loss of life last night and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of everyone involved.  We are still learning information about the events surrounding this tragedy and assisting police in their ongoing investigation.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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