BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – The investigation of a deadly officer-involved shooting has now been turned over to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
2NEWS Today checked with the Beavercreek Police Department to find out any new developments in this case, and as of right now they’re not answering any questions.
It will likely be some time before we find out exactly what happened inside the Beavercreek Walmart Tuesday night before the shooting. But those close to the suspect are seeking clarity as to why the suspected gunman, John Crawford, was killed. Crawford’s girlfriend still searches for answers.
“Next thing I know, they were pushing us out of the store and telling me that he was gone.” Outside the Beavercreek Police Department, Tasha Thomas is comforted by family, waiting to find out what happened to her boyfriend just minutes after she left his side. “There’s no way possible. He wasn’t gone from me long enough to even have that type of action,” Thomas said.
Beavercreek police say Crawford was waving a rifle in the air, pointing it at customers, including children. “Preliminary indications are that the officers acted appropriately under the circumstances,” said Beavercreek police chief Dennis Evers.
During the rush to escape, a woman shopping with her kids suffered a medical emergency. She later died at Soin Medical Center.
Police say Sgt. David Darkow and Officer Sean Williams were first on the scene. “The officers gave verbal commands to the subject to drop the weapon,” said Evers. “The subject, later identified as John Crawford, was shot after failing to comply with the officer’s commands.”
Beavercreek police were not accepting questions about what exactly happened inside Walmart. The woman who was at his side believes there was no reason for her boyfriend to be shot. “Nobody still has told me where the gun came from. Nobody has told me nothing. Nobody has answered nothing. All they want to tell me is their officers are in the right and it’s not,” Thomas said.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office told 2 NEWS those two officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave.
Police are asking for people who might have seen the events leading up to the shooting to call the Beavercreek Police Department.