Cop felt lives in danger before Wal-Mart shooting

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CINCINNATI — The police officer who fatally shot a man inside an Ohio Wal-Mart says he felt his life and those of others were in danger.

The written narratives of two Beavercreek police officers were made public Friday in the aftermath of a special grand jury’s decision not to issue any indictments in the Aug. 5 death of 22-year-old John Crawford III.

Police responded to the Wal-Mart in the Dayton suburb after a 911 caller reported that Crawford was waving what appeared to be a rifle. It turned out to be an air rifle.

Officer Sean Williams states that Crawford didn’t respond to repeated commands to “Drop the weapon!” He says Crawford turned toward the officers “in an aggressive manner.”

The Crawford family’s attorney sharply questions the officers’ narratives, first reported by the Dayton Daily News.