Family encouraged by meeting on Wal-Mart shooting

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — The attorney for the parents of a man fatally shot by police at an Ohio Wal-Mart say they were encouraged by their meeting with a federal prosecutor about the investigation.

John Crawford III was shot Aug. 5 in Beavercreek. Officers said he didn't respond to orders to drop an air rifle. His family says the shooting wasn't justified. Attorney Michael Wright and Crawford's parents met Thursday with U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart to ask federal authorities to handle the investigation.

Wright says Stewart assured them the Justice Department is monitoring and assisting Ohio's investigation and will independently determine the merits of any potential federal prosecution. But Wright says the family still hopes federal authorities will take over the state's investigation.

A spokesman confirmed federal authorities are closely monitoring the situation.

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