He died of his injuries shortly afterwards. Sean Williams had shot lookng by The interrogation caused her to sob uncontrollably, with hostile questions suggesting she was drunk or on drugs when she stated that Crawford did not enter the store with a gun. The evidence here simply cannot satisfy those burdens.
After the security camera footage was released, Ritchie recanted his statement that led to the fatal shooting and stated, "At no point did he shoulder the rifle and point it at somebody", while maintaining that Crawford was "waving it around". From the video, it is unclear whether officers gave verbal commands, and whether Crawford was shot before or after he reacted to the officers.
Accordingly, the review into this incident has been closed without prosecution.
Crawford was later pronounced dead at Dayton's Miami Valley Hospital. She was not yet aware of Crawford's death at the time of the interrogation.
Believing the BB gun was a real firearm, one of the officers fired two shots into Crawford's torso and arm. Another customer, Ronald Ritchie, called claiming msn Crawford had been pointing the gun at fellow customers. Her death was ruled a homicide which legally means only that the death was as a direct result of the actions of another and does not imply guilt or responsibility on anyone's part.
This is one of the highest standards of intent imposed by law. Department of Justice DOJ conducted its own investigation.
To establish that Officer Williams acted willfully, the government would be required both to disprove his stated reason for the shooting — that he was in fear of death or serious bodily injury — and to affirmatively establish that Officer Williams instead acted with the specific intent to violate Mr. Mistake, misperception, negligence, necessity, or poor judgment are not sufficient to establish a federal criminal civil rights violation