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Family says fatal Walmart police shooting not 'justified'

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Crawford's family gathered Monday in support, calling the police shooting "not justified." (Photo: FOX19/Lindsey Wopschall) Crawford's family gathered Monday in support, calling the police shooting "not justified." (Photo: FOX19/Lindsey Wopschall)
Beavercreek Sgt. David Darkow (L) and officer Sean Williams (R). (Provided photos) Beavercreek Sgt. David Darkow (L) and officer Sean Williams (R). (Provided photos)
John Crawford III provided photo. John Crawford III provided photo.
BEAVERCREEK, OH (FOX19) -

Police in Beavercreek are calling the shooting of John Crawford III justified, after he wouldn't drop an air rifle when they verbally asked him on August 5th inside of a Walmart. 

A 37-year-old customer also died after suffering a medical problem during the evacuation.

Crawford's family disagrees with the police department's conclusion.

"There is no doubt in my mind that once we receive everything in its entirety, I.E. evidence or whatever else is out there, that he will be vindicated," said Crawford's father, John Crawford II.  

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Responding officers, Sgt. David Darkow and officer Sean Williams, arrived within minutes and confronted Crawford.

He was holding a MK 177 pellet rifle gun, a weapon that is hard to tell apart from an AR 15 rifle, which is what it was mistaken for.

When Crawford refused police commands to drop the weapon, he was shot by an officer, according to Beavercreek Police Chief Dennis Evers.

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Crawford was transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton where he died.

Beavercreek Police say officers were justified in their actions, but Crawford's family doesn't want speculation and wants to see the series of events for themselves.

"That is exactly why we are waiting for the video, we don't believe that's factual, but the video will definitely shine light on it," said Michael Wright, the Crawford family's attorney.

Walmart's security cameras caught the act and Walmart spokesperson Brian Nick says they will comply with the law.

"When there is an ongoing investigation in law enforcement and they have to look at the various angles that they have to look at and take the types of measures and procedures they have in place, that is something they take the lead on and we corporate with what they ask for because we are here to help as a resource to help with that investigation," he said,.

The officers involved were placed on administrative leave and the Ohio Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.

During the evacuation of Walmart, authorities said 37-year-old Angela Williams, of Fairborn, who was a customer in the store, suffered a medical emergency. Beavercreek Police Captain Eric Grille said Williams was transported to the hospital where she also died a short time later.

FOX19 has reached out to the Beavercreek police and the city attorney asking what the procedures are for police to use deadly force, as well as the training they have to be able to identify between weapons. The city attorney has declined to speak with us.

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