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Ohio Officer Involved in Fatal Walmart Shooting Returns to Duty

August 21, 2014  | 

Sgt. David Darkow (Photo: Beavercreek PD)
Sgt. David Darkow (Photo: Beavercreek PD)

One of the two Beavercreek, Ohio, police officers involved in the Aug. 5 fatal shooting of John Crawford III at a Walmart is back at work, the city's law director said Wednesday.

Beavercreek city attorney Stephen McHugh told the Dayton Daily News that Sgt. David Darkow has returned to work, while Officer Sean Williams remains on administrative leave.

Neither McHugh nor the Ohio Attorney General's Office has confirmed that Williams fired the shot that killed Crawford in the Beavercreek store after police said Crawford twice ignored commands to put down an air rifle pellet gun.

After showing a short portion of Walmart's surveillance video to Crawford's parents, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that a special Greene County grand jury will convene Sept. 3 to determine whether criminal charges are appropriate.


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TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 8/23/2014 7:59 AM

Charges against an officer who did follow the force continuum and then has to live with taking of a persons life after his own was placed in danger by a someone thinking it is fun to disobey the law whether it is a pellet rifle or another weapon it shoots a projectile that could cause great bodily harm to someone or maybe even cause death. Duh really!!!!

Jill @ 8/25/2014 8:06 AM

Any other job, you make a mistake that big you don't get to go back. Why does the fraternity get so many chances?

Jill @ 8/25/2014 8:26 AM

Any other job you make a giant mistake, you don't get to go back to work. Why does the fraternity get so many chances? Most employers would look at a huge mistake,(protocol or not, I'm sure shooting a gut with a Toy gun is Not protocol, So-Mistake), on the job as negligence, lack of ability or training; all warranting termination. An officers job is more important than the average employment, I'm sure that can be agreed on, so why are they held to lesser standards then someone who works in a retail store? Ex: Joe Retail thinks Jill Shopper is stealing. Policy is to follow and potentially confront shoplifters to retain the stores inventory. Jill is not stealing, but looking closely and trying on, Joe confronts Jill says she's stealing, Jill says trying on. Joe takes item out of her hands, kicks her out of the store and says our policy to kick out anyone who Looks like they are stealing. Jill is publicly embarrassed(though alive). Should Joe stay on staff or be replaced?

Johnny Law @ 8/25/2014 11:43 AM

The only mistake made Jill was by the idiot that didn't drop the gun when told to do so TWICE by the Police. If you are too stupid to understand this then I won't bother expalining any further.

Bill @ 10/18/2014 6:15 PM

Why isn't Ronald Ritchie being charged with murder. You'd think the cops would be pissed for being used as an ideoligical weapon.

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