Ohio Wal-Mart store pulls air rifles

Ohio Wal-Mart store pulls air rifles

CINCINNATI (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says pellet guns have been pulled from shelves at the southwest Ohio store where a 22-year-old man holding an air rifle was fatally shot by police.

A spokesman for the world's largest retailer tells The Associated Press that the move last week was a store-specific decision, not a change in national policy.

A special grand jury last week decided that Beavercreek police officers' actions Aug. 5 were justified. Police responded to a 911 call that a man was waving what appeared to be a rifle, and officers have said John Crawford III was shot after he didn't respond to repeated commands to drop his weapon.

It turned out to be an air rifle.

Crawford family attorney Michael Wright calls Wal-Mart's action "about eight weeks too late."

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