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Beavercreek Spends $430K To Defend Officers In Wal-Mart Shooting

Apr 18, 2017

An Ohio city has spent over $430,000 defending two officers in connection with the fatal police shooting of a man at a Wal-Mart who was carrying an air rifle from a store shelf.

John Crawford III was shot and killed by a police officer at a Wal-Mart in Beavercreek in 2014.
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The Dayton Daily News reports the cost to the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek includes about $210,000 paid to two law firms.

The city's law director says outside counsel was necessary. Crawford family attorney Michael Wright says the money could have gone toward a settlement for the family.

An officer fatally shot John Crawford III in 2014 after a 911 call about someone waving a rifle at the Wal-Mart. Police say he didn't obey commands to drop what later turned out to be an air rifle.

A federal probe for any possible civil rights violations is continuing.