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New information in shooting of young man by police
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WKRC) -- A family grieved the loss of their 22-year-old son Wednesday night.
John Crawford was shot and killed by police inside a Dayton-area Wal-Mart. Police said he was waving a rifle-like object around when they shot him. John Crawford's family said there was much more to the story than police released.
Local 12 spoke with the family off-camera and they said Crawford was unarmed when police shot him. Police said Crawford, who was from Fairfield, was in Beavercreek with his girlfriend for a cookout. She said the two went to Wal-Mart to get supplies for s'mores.
Police said at about 8:30p.m. they got a 911 call about a man with a rifle. They claimed officers told Crawford to drop it and when he didn't they shot and killed him. However, police have not said whether the object officers saw Crawford holding was an actual firearm or a toy gun.
His girlfriend said he did not have a gun when they walked in the store. Crawford turned 22-years-old last week. He was his parent's only son.
One of the officers involved in the shooting shot and killed another person back in 2010. But he was cleared of any wrongdoing.
A 37-year-old mother of four was an indirect casualty of the shooting. She collapsed when she was running to protect her 10-year-old daughter. She apparently died from a previous medical condition and was engaged to be married on Saturday.
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