XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine promises a thorough investigation into the police shooting at the Beavercreek Walmart.
DeWine says his office is reviewing video from more than 200 cameras that were in the store at the time John Crawford, III was shot August 5.
He showed Crawford’s father a portion of the video Tuesday afternoon as the family requested. Dewine says he showed them what was “pertinent to the family”.
John Crawford’s family responded shortly after Dewine spoke to the media.
Crawford family attorney Michael Wright says, “We believe that John Crawford, III was murdered while shopping at the Walmart. What we saw was an unjustified killing of this young man.”
Dewine says 200 photos have been taken during the investigation. They have 11 pieces of physical evidence and multiple diagrams of the scene.
“We’re working as quickly as possible, but the investigation must be comprehensive and thorough. We know that people want answers,” said Attorney General Mike Dewine
50 witnesses were interviewed so far with 25 to 30 more still to be interviewed. The 911 emergency calls before and after the shooting are also being reviewed.
Dewine also says a use of force expert will be hired to investigate the actions of Beavercreek police officers that night.
Crawford was shot after police officers say he refused to put down a gun he was reportedly waving inside the store. The gun turned out to be a pellet gun.
The video obtained from the store was taken from August 3 through August 6.
Attorneys say Crawford was doing nothing wrong that night. “It was unbelievable. I pray no one ever has to go through what we went through,” said John Crawford, II. He says his wife was unable to watch the video.
Dewine offered both the Crawford family and the family of Angela Williams condolences for their losses. Williams is the mother who collapsed while fleeing the store with her children and later died.
Dewine says the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the FBI and US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District are all being kept up to date on the attorney general office investigation.
A special grand jury will convene on September 3 to consider charges in this case.
“These parents lost a son. They do deserve answers. To the extent that the investigation can be, I will be as open and transparent to the Crawford family and the family of Angela Williams as possible,” said Dewine.