Michigan officer charged with murder in Lyoya shooting

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Schurr, who is white, told Lyoya he stopped his car because the license plate did not match the vehicle. About a minute after the stop, Lyoya started running after being asked to produce a driver’s license.

Schurr caught up to him quickly and the two fought on a lawn. The officer demanded that Lyoya “drop” Schurr’s Taser before he fired the killing shot.

Becker said he consulted with experts outside of Michigan on the use of force in this case.

Detroit attorney Ven Johnson, along with at least one member of Lyoya’s family, said the prosecutor called Johnson and the family about two minutes before announcing the officer was charged.

“You won’t see any celebrations on behalf of the Lyoya family,” Johnson said.

The Grand Rapids Police Chief released video from four different sources on April 13. Lawyers for Lyoya’s family called the death an “execution.”

Grand Rapids, with a population of approximately 200,000, is 260 kilometers west of Detroit.

Schurr has been a police officer since 2015. There are no complaints of excessive force in his personnel file, but plenty of praise for traffic stops and foot chases that led to arrests and seizures of guns and drugs.

The shooting turned into an immediate crisis for Police Chief Eric Winstrom, who was commanding officer in Chicago before taking charge in Grand Rapids in early March.

At a community forum in April, Winstrom said he wanted to put more emphasis on officers knowing how to reduce heat in tense situations.

“I guarantee you we can do more,” he said. “In fact, it’s one of the things I’ve reached out to before to tell my colleagues, ‘Hey, I need a program, because we’re going to strengthen it.'”

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White reported from Detroit and Corey Williams in Detroit contributed.

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Find full AP coverage of the fatal police shooting of Patrick Lyoya: https://apnews.com/hub/patrick-lyoya

John Flesher and Ed White, The Associated Press

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