City of Beavercreek to pay $1.7M in settlement with family of John Crawford III

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BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Beavercreek has reached a settlement with the family of John Crawford III, who was shot and killed by police inside a Beavercreek Walmart in August of 2014.

The attorney for the family, Michael Wright, says they will receive $1.7 million as part of the deal.

Crawford was seen holding a BB gun inside the store and someone called 911 after mistaking it for a real gun. Police arrived at the scene and confronted Crawford, shooting him soon after.

A grand jury did not return any charges against the officers involved.

“No amount of money can bring their son back. No amount of money can take the pain away from what they’ve endured and are still enduring as a result of what happened to their son. However, this does bring some closure,” Wright said.

The wrongful death lawsuit against Walmart will move forward and is scheduled for November, after the pandemic forced the date to be pushed back.

Thursday, the City of Beavercreek released a statement about the settlement:

The City of Beavercreek, as well as some of its officers and employees, were named as Defendants in a wrongful death claim filed by the family of John Crawford, who died on August 5, 2014 following an incident that occurred at a Walmart store in Beavercreek that day. The Beavercreek police officers involved in the incident responded to the scene in accordance with their training, and their response followed accepted law enforcement procedures and protocols, based on the information reported by a 9-1-1 caller inside the store. The City of Beavercreek and its personnel have made no admission of any liability or wrongdoing, and they remain confident that the actions taken by their police officers that day were appropriate based on the information available at the time. However, in an effort to bring some closure to all those involved, the parties have entered into an agreement to resolve all claims against the City and its employees.

City of Beavercreek

The City said it will not make any further comment on this matter.

Read the full settlement agreement here:

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