Walmart gunman was armed with BB/pellet gun when shot

Walmart gun shelf. (WDTN Photo/Josh Ames)
Walmart gun shelf. (WDTN Photo/Josh Ames)


BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine confirmed Thursday that the gun in the hands of the Walmart shooting suspect was a BB/pellet rifle.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation confirmed that the suspect, John Crawford, was holding a weapon when Beavercreek police officers approached him inside the store Tuesday night.

They way the weapon is a MK-177, a .177-caliber rifle manufactured by Crosman. The BCI says it is commonly known as a “variable pump air rifle”.

Crawford is accused of waving the weapon around at shoppers in the store. A Beavercreek police officer shot Crawford when he refused to put the weapon down upon command.

Crawford died at the hospital, as did a woman who collapsed while fleeing the store.

Angela Williams, 37, was grabbing her two kids when she collapsed. She was going to be married this weekend.

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