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Walmart Shooting Suspect's Criminal Past, Officer's Personnel File Released
MIAMI VALLEY -- We're learning more about Tuesday's (August 5, 2014) officer-involved shooting at a Walmart store in Beavercreek: the suspect's criminal past, the personnel file of one of the officers involved, and reaction about the latest developments on the weapon the suspect waved that incited the panic and the shooting.
Angela Williams, 37, of Fairborn collapsed and died of a medical condition, while the shooting incident was happening.
"She had a smile that was contagious, lit up the room," said her friend Carrie Jackson. She and Williams were both auxiliary members of the Forgotten Breed Motorcycle Club.
Williams was engaged to marry her fiance August 9 at the club's Moraine location.
"If he would have put the weapon down when they ordered him to, they'd both be alive right now," said Williams' friend Chris Mullins, about the suspect -- 22-year-old John Crawford of Fairfield -- who allegedly waved the gun inside the store.
The Ohio Attorney General's office is investigating the incident. They released information Thursday that the weapon Crawford was seen with inside Walmart was an MK-177 pellet gun made by Crosman. The product is sold at Walmart.
Crawford's girlfriend told reporters that he wasn't armed when the two of them walked into the Walmart store.
Crawford's criminal record includes a weapons violation, and dates to 2011 when he was picked up and sentenced for disorderly conduct.
"You can't take shampoo on an airplane what makes you think you can walk around a crowded store with a gun," said Carrie Jackson reacting to Crawford's actions.
In August 2013, Crawford was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, and receiving stolen property. In October 2013, he was arrested for domestic violence and possession of drug paraphernalia; the domestic violence charge was dropped. He was arrested in 2012 for drug possession, and twice for that same offense in 2013.
One of the officer's involved, Sean Williams of Beavercreek Police, was hired to the force in 2005. He was involved in another fatal shooting in 2010 that was ruled as justified. He was formally reprimanded by the department in 2010 for "unbecoming conduct." His personnel record shows multiple letters of commendation for his work, and his most recent workplace evaluation shows he meets or exceeds all expectations.
"I'd say thank you for being so alert, and for doing the job that we pay you to do," said another one of Angela Williams friends, Rodney Taylor, who also had a soft spot for the man who called 9-1-1 inside Walmart.
"Bless his heart, he was the man that stood there and watched it all unfold. He did a great job as a citizen," Taylor said.
"We miss [Angela] terribly, we really do. It's left a hole in our heart, but we know there's another family besides ours that's hurting," Taylor added about the deceased suspect's family.
ABC 22/FOX 45 has also requested the personnel file of the other Beavercreek Police Officer involved in the fatal shooting.
The Ohio Attorney General's office is continuing to investigate the incident.
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