BEAVERCREEK — Two people are dead in connection with a Tuesday night incident at the Wal-Mart in Beavercreek. According to a statement released by the Beavercreek Police Department, the police dispatch center received a 911 call at 8:21 p.m. about a individual who was waving a “rifle type weapon” at store customers.
In a recording of the 911 call that brought officers to the scene, the caller described a man – later identified as John Crawford, 22, of Cincinnati – as waving a rifle around and pointing it at children at one point.
Shortly after gun shots rang out on the tape, a voice can be heard yelling, “Everybody out of the store now!”
Crawford was confronted by Sgt. David Darkow and Officer Sean Williams in the store and was shot after failing to comply with their verbal commands. He was transported to Miami Valley Hospital where he died shortly after arrival.
“Preliminary indications are that the officers acted appropriately under the circumstances,” Beavercreek Police Chief Dennis Evers said in a prepared statement Wednesday afternoon. “In order to preserve the transparency of this investigation I’ve asked the Ohio Attorney General, Mike DeWine, to have the Ohio Bureau of Investigation and Identification to conduct the criminal investigation into this officer involved shooting, and he has agreed.”
Evers said the Beavercreek Police Department will cooperate fully with investigators, and that the agents have already started their investigation.
Beavercreek police are asking anyone who has information relating to the incident or who may have witnessed the events leading up to it, to contact Captain Eric Grile at 426-1225.
The Greene County Coroner’s Office identified a woman who also died in connection with the incident: Angela D. Williams, 37, of Fairborn. A release from the coroner stated that she was apparently running from the dangerous situation in Wal-Mart when she collapsed.
She was taken to Soin Medical Center where she died at 9:14 p.m. An autopsy was expected to be performed Wednesday. Results from the autopsy will take eight to ten weeks.
The police tape at the store came down and it store re-opened for business at around 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.
“We’re deeply saddened about the loss of life last night,” Wal-Mart corporate spokesperson Brian Nick said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of everyone involved. We’re still learning information about the events surrounding the tragedy, and we’re assisting police in their ongoing investigation.”
Nathan Pilling is a reporter who covers Greene County agencies and organizations. You can find him on Twitter at @XDGNatePilling or you can call him at 937-372-4444 ext. 130.