Officer involved in Wal-Mart shooting back on job

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — One of two police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man at an Ohio Wal-Mart is back on the job.

Sgt. David Darkow returned to work following the Aug. 5 shooting in the Dayton suburb, Beavercreek city attorney Stephen McHugh told the Dayton Daily News. The other officer remains on administrative leave, he said.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has said a special county grand jury will convene Sept. 3 to determine whether criminal charges should be filed.

Neither McHugh nor DeWine has said which officer fired the shot that killed 21-year-old John Crawford III in the Beavercreek store. Police are referring calls for comment to McHugh, who didn't immediately return messages left at his office Thursday.

Beavercreek police said Crawford was shot after he waved an air rifle at customers and refused officers' orders to drop it. Attorney Michael Wright, who is representing Crawford's family, said this week that surveillance video of the shooting shows it was unjustified.

Protesters on Monday demonstrated outside DeWine's office demanding that the video be released. DeWine showed footage of the shooting to Crawford's relatives and their attorney, but he said the video would not immediately be released to the public.

DeWine declined to discuss details of the video.