Aug 08 2014

Police Shoot “Armed” Man Holding Airsoft Rifle in WalMart Airsoft Aisle

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A 22-year-old Ohio man is dead after police shot him in a local WalMart. The police had been responding to a call about an active shooter in the store; the “shooter” was looking at a airsoft rifle while in the airsoft aisle of the sporting goods section. He died in an area hospital shortly after the incident.

The man, John Crawford, was on the phone with his children’s mother, LeeCee Johnson, minutes before being shot. He was allegedly holding an airsoft rifle he intended to purchase. She told local news, “We was just talking. He said he was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were. And the next thing I know, he said ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him.”

Eyewitnesses called the police, stating that Crawford was “waving a rifle around” in the store and pointing it at children. Another call claimed Crawford was loading the gun in the pet section and was about to start shooting. In the background, someone was yelling that they’d been shot. Yet a third witness stated that he had only been standing in the sporting goods section, holding the rifle and speaking on his cell phone. Witnesses state they were afraid, and fled the scene as police arrived, fearing for their lives. Three employees allegedly locked themselves in a nearby stock room.

Crawford’s family has contacted civil rights organizations with the claim that the shooting was not justified. However, police are refusing to answer questions except to state that the officers involved – Sean Williams and David Darkow – acted “appropriately.” The Attorney General released a statement Thursday that Crawford had been holding a Crosman MK-177 (.177 caliber) BB/Pellet Rifle, which the police called a “variable pump air rifle.” The make and model is, indeed, sold in that particular WalMart and a later check of the store found an opened Crosman box nearby.

Family and friends are both questioning why video of the shooting has not been released. It was supposedly captured by the store’s security cameras. The AG states that nothing will be released until there has been an investigation, which “could take months.”

His family claims that he did not own any rifles. His girlfriend, who drove him to the store, also reported that he was not armed when they entered the WalMart. She was standing in another aisle when the police arrived.

Crawford is leaving behind two children ages one and four months.

Both officers involved are on paid leave. Several local residents have voiced their support for the officers and their actions, stating the shooting was part of law enforcement’s “duty to protect.” Despite a police call claiming another customer had been shot, no injuries were reported.


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  1. collin

    it seems to me like cops can just shoot anyone anywhere with no consequence, and who could he have killed with a airsoft rifle.

  2. Westsideguy

    When the police say drop the gun. Drop the gun. Whether its real, fake, legal, illegal. Drop the gun.

    Why was it out of the package? Those are in a box at my walmart.

    Tragedy. The other tragedy is a 22 year old with two kids by two different women (do the math).

  3. Brad

    The morons who made the false reports /screams of being injured/he’s loading the gun and is going to start shooting etc… need to be held responsible. If you scream FIRE in a crowded theater, you get fined or arrested. The same should apply here!

  4. Some Dude

    Dumb ass cops. I hope they get it.

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