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Beavercreek officer who shot, killed man holding air rifle returns to full duty

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Posted at 12:46 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 13:41:07-04

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio -- Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams, who shot and killed 22-year-old John Crawford III at a Walmart three years ago, has returned to full duty.

Williams shot and killed Crawford, of Fairfield, on Aug. 5, 2014, while he was talking on a cell phone and holding an air rifle he found unboxed on a store shelf, Dayton Daily News reported

Walmart shopper Angela Williams, 37, who worked at a Springfield nursing home, died of a heart condition after the officer fired his weapon and she tried to flee the store.

A Greene County special grand jury cleared Williams in September 2014, and the U.S Department of Justice announced last week it wouldn’t seek federal charges.

Beavercreek law director Stephen McHugh told Dayton Daily News Williams has returned to full duty Tuesday, but he did not say when Williams returned. 

Terina Allen, the sister of Sam DuBose, a black motorist shot and killed by former UC police officer Ray Tensing, mentioned Williams’ case when Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced Tuesday he would not try Tensing a third time. Both of Tensing’s previous murder trials resulted in mistrials.

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Like Williams’ case, the U.S. Department of Justice will consider federal charges for Tensing.

Crawford’s parents filed a federal civil lawsuit against Beavercreek and Walmart, and Williams and Sgt. David Darkow will be deposed Sept. 14 and 15. The case’s trial date is set for February 2018.