Police release dispatch audio, video of Walmart shooting


BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – The Beavercreek Police Department released 911 audiotapes and cruiser cam videos from the night of Walmart shooting.

WDTN.com is showing them in their entirety, so that you can get a feel for what happened on August 5.

A police officer shot and killed John Crawford, III on the evening of August 5 after police say Crawford refused to heed their commands to drop a weapon he was waving in the store. That weapon turned out to be a pellet gun.

The release of the audio and video is exchanges between dispatchers, 911 callers and police officers.  Among them is the video of the first responders heading to the store after the first call came in about the shooting.

In the audio recordings, the following can be heard between a responder and dispatch, “”I’m at Walmart. You said he’s pointing at people.Affirmative 90. He’s in the pet section.Affirmative. I have gentleman whose walking who says he’s waving it around. Believes it’s a rifle.”

Customers fled the store that night.

And as more fled, inside the recording reveals some of what was happening, “Which corner of the store? (talking) Shots fire.Start an ambulance,” asked and noted a responder.

Later, more aid is requested by the responder for one woman, Angela Williams, 37, who collapsed while rushing to leave the store with her children. She died later at the hospital.

“There’s a female customer back in the sporting good section that’s having a medical emergency I’ll need an additional medic for her,” a responder said.

Later in the files, it is revealed that three people locked themselves inside the Walmart Pharmacy.

More conversations between dispatch and first responders occurs, during which time increased back-up is requested.

Fairborn and Greene County officials aided the request for more help.

Later, a responder asks, “You’re okay with them cuffing the suspect at this point? (PAUSE) Affirm.”

Minutes afterwards, a heads up is given that officers are coming out with Crawford.

” We’ll be coming out with the suspect. You guys want to have it clear out here.”

Dispatch continues to manage units throughout the area, then a new request is made.

“Contact the on call Greene County prosecutor we’re gonna need them to respond to the scene,” a responder tells the dispatcher.

Dispatch audio and video released of Walmart shooting (WDTN Photo/Brad Livesay)
Dispatch audio and video released of Walmart shooting (WDTN Photo/Staff)

The police department promised complete ‘transparency’ in the investigation of the shooting as did Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine whose office is heading up the investigation along with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

In a statement released Wednesday, Beavercreek Police Chief Dennis Evers said, “In keeping with out pledge of transparency, the Beavercreek Police Department has been cooperating and will continue to cooperate fully with the ongoing officer-involved shooting investigation being conducted by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.”

The family of Crawford viewed the video this week that cameras captured inside the Walmart that night. The store has more than 200 security cameras on the premises of its Beavercreek store. AG Dewine says they saw the video “pertinent to the family”. The entire video is part of the ongoing investigation. It has not been released to the media.

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