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Woman on phone with Walmart shooting victim says she heard entire incident

Leecee Johnson was on the phone with Crawford at the moment when he was shot and killed by police (Photo: FOX19) Leecee Johnson was on the phone with Crawford at the moment when he was shot and killed by police (Photo: FOX19)
BEAVERCREEK, OH (FOX19) -

Chants of ‘No justice, no peace' rang out in downtown Cincinnati on Monday as protestors demand justice for a man shot and killed by police in a Dayton-area Wal-Mart.
 
A grand jury won't indict the officers involved in the death of John Crawford, III.

"I could hear him mumbling and moaning.  The police were saying he was going into cardiac arrest," said Leecee Johnson, who has two kids with Crawford.
 
What she heard was the aftermath of the gunfire in the store last month.  She was on the phone with Crawford at the moment when he was shot and killed by police after they say he refused commands to drop the weapon, which turned out to be an air rifle he was carrying.
 
"Next thing I know he said it wasn't real then I started hearing shooting.  Police told him to get on the ground, but, by that time, they already had shot him," said Johnson.
 
She was with Crawford's parents that night who also heard the situation as it unfolded.
 
"I was hoping that it wasn't real.  I couldn't believe what I was really hearing," Johnson told FOX19 NOW.
 
A 911 caller said Crawford was carrying a gun and waving it at people in the store. 

He was actually carrying an air rifle that he had picked up on store shelves.

"He didn't do anything wrong.  He was just a regular customer at Walmart," she said.

Johnson and Crawford have two children together, a one-year old and a 4-month old baby.  She says he's gone to Walmart before to buy toy guns.
 
"His family is not going to stop until he gets justice.  Every day that's the main focus is getting justice for John," Johnson said.
 
Crawford went to Beavercreek that night, according to Johnson, to visit family. He told her he'd see her the next day.
 
"When I talked to him on the phone when he was at Walmart, he said he would be home tomorrow, but he never made it home," Johnson told FOX19 NOW.
 
A grand jury chose not to indict Sgt. David Darkow and Officer Sean Williams of the Beavercreek Police Department. The department has said the officers followed protocol that day.

Although the grand jury concluded the officers acted legally, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that they, along with the FBI, will conduct a separate review of the Beavercreek Police Department's actions to determine whether Crawford's civil rights were violated.

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