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Family does not believe Wal-Mart shooting was justified

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- John Crawford III's father said, "My son is not a monster."
The 22-year-old died after being shot by officers at the Wal-Mart in Beavercreek.  Police officers said Crawford was waving a pellet gun and the shooting was justified.  Crawford's family wants to see more evidence.

John Crawford's family said the Fairfield man want into Wal-Mart to buy ingredients to make s'mores.  He never came out alive.  The family has a lot of questions about why he was shot and killed by police.

John Crawford II said his son was the father of two young boys, ages one year and four months.  He was family oriented and does not believe his son did anything to warrant being shot and killed. 

It was Tuesday night, August 5, 2014 when Beavercreek police officers were called to a Wal-Mart store for a report of a man waiving a gun at customers, including children. Police said two officers ordered Crawford to put down the gun; they say he refused.  He was shot and later died.  As it turned out, police said the rifle looking weapon was an air rifle.

"If Wal-Mart is selling BB guns then you would think the Beavercreek police, if they're selling the BB guns in Beavercreek, you would think the Beavercreek police department would be able to distinguish these BB guns from actual real firearms.  And if they could not they should have put them in a case," said Michael Wright, the family's attorney.

Wright will represent the Crawford family.  He said there were too many questions and he was not getting much in the way of cooperation.  Wright said he has asked Wal-Mart for a copy of the surveillance video from inside the store to see what actually took place.  So far-there has been no response.

Local 12 has also learned that one of the officers involved in the shooting was involved in a deadly shooting four years ago.  But police have not said who fired the shot that killed Crawford.  Police have turned over the case to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

A Wal-Mart manager said they've given the surveillance video to police who are using it in their investigation.

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