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. 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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