DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Two officers who confronted a man carrying an air rifle in an Ohio Wal-Mart won’t have to give formal statements about the deadly police shooting in a lawsuit for three more months, despite his family’s objections.
The Beavercreek officers sought an extension, citing the pending federal investigation. A judge agreed.
The officers argued they’d have to choose between potentially contributing to a case against them and skipping a chance to defend themselves in the lawsuit.
Twenty-two-year-old John Crawford III was shot in 2014 after a 911 caller reported someone waving a gun. He’d taken the unloaded air rifle from a shelf.
His family’s attorney says they’re unsure why the federal investigation has dragged.
The region’s top federal prosecutor tells the Dayton Daily News a fair, thorough review is the priority.