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In a lawsuit over the 2014 shooting by police of a Beavercreek Walmart customer, attorneys for Walmart plan to claim that another customer who called 911 was the cause of the incident and the store should not be held responsible.
Walmart attorneys have filed motions in a wrongful death lawsuit stating that Ronald Ritchie, the man who first called 911 from the Beavercreek Walmart stating there was a suspicious man with a gun in the store, was the “legal and proximate cause” of John Crawford III’s shooting death by a Beavercreek police officer on Aug. 5, 2014.
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“Ronald Ritchie’s lies are the sole reasons why police came into the (Beavercreek Walmart) store with their guns drawn,” Walmart attorneys wrote. “Ronald Ritchie intentionally lied to the police. Ronald Ritchie was not a good Samaritan who was mistaken.”
Crawford, 22, of Fairfield, was shot to death Aug. 5, 2014, by Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams after Ritchie told dispatchers a black man was holding a rifle, appeared to be loading it and waving it near people, including children. Crawford was holding a Crosman MK-177 BB/pellet rifle he found unpackaged on a store shelf.
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Crawford’s parents have sued Walmart, Beavercreek and its police officers in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.
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The trial is scheduled for Oct. 28. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is considering an appeal by Beavercreek arguing that its officers should be protected from the family’s lawsuit because of qualified immunity.
Crawford family attorney Michael Wright said the family believes responsibility for the shooting remains that of the store, Walmart, and the city of Beavercreek.
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“Ritchie would not have called 911 had the BB gun been secure in the box,” Wright said Tuesday. “So, Walmart’s ultimately responsible for this event.”
Walmart attorneys wrote that there was nothing ambiguous about Ritchie’s conduct. They wrote Ritchie saw...
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