Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man pulls air rifles

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

CINCINNATI (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says pellet guns have been pulled from shelves at the Ohio store where a 22-year-old man holding an air rifle was fatally shot by police.

A spokesman for the world's largest retailer tells The Associated Press that the move last week was a store-specific decision, not a change in national policy.

A special grand jury in the racially charged case decided last week that officers' actions Aug. 5 were justified. Police responded to a 911 call that a man was waving what appeared to be a rifle, and officers have said John Crawford III, who was black, was shot after not responding to commands to drop his weapon.

It turned out to be an air rifle.

A family attorney calls Wal-Mart's action "about eight weeks too late."