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Michigan police chief releases name of officer who killed Patrick Lyoya

by Mike Creef, Staff Writer
Michigan police chief releases name of officer who killed Patrick Lyoya
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After initially saying he would not name the officer who shot and killed Patrick Lyoya unless charges were brought, Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom publicly identified the officer Monday despite no charges being filed.

“In the interest of transparency, to reduce ongoing speculation, and to avoid any further confusion, I am confirming the name already publicly circulating, Christopher Schurr, as the officer involved in the April 4 officer-involved shooting,” Winstrom said in a statement.

The shooting happened over three weeks ago, and Officer Schurr has remained off the job while Michigan State Police handle the investigation.

An attorney for the family, Ven Johnson, did not see the police chief’s announcement as being transparent.

“It’s not transparent when you hide something for three weeks. It’s quite the opposite,” Johnson said. “It’s cops taking care of the cops instead of treating it like a normal investigation.”

Family Orders Independent Autopsy of Patrick Lyoya 

The Lyoya family had an independent autopsy performed by expert Dr. Werner Spitz ahead of the official autopsy part of the state’s investigation. The 95-year-old forensic pathologist participated in the assassination investigations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., among other high-profile cases.

“There’s no question what killed this young man…It was a powerful bullet,” Spitz said, appearing at a news conference with lawyers for Lyoya’s family. 

Spitz said he believes the gun was pressed against Patrick Lyoya’s head when the officer fired, based on the condition of a bone in the head.

Officer Schurr fired one shot into the back of Lyoya’s head killing him.

 

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