- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) - The police chief in an Ohio city where the fatal police shooting of a man holding an air rifle in a Wal-Mart sparked protests says he’s retiring next year.

The Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV report Beavercreek Chief Dennis Evers confirmed his plans Monday, saying his retirement isn’t related to the August shooting of John Crawford III. Evers didn’t immediately return a call for additional comment.

A 911 call to police said a man was waving what appeared to be a rifle in the Wal-Mart. Officers said Crawford was shot after not responding to commands to drop what turned out to an air rifle taken from a shelf. Crawford’s relatives say he had no chance to respond.

A grand jury found the shooting justified. The U.S Justice Department is investigating.

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