A Grand Rapids Michigan Police Officer Has Been Charged With Second-Degree Murder

Officer Christopher Schurr

In-depth: GRPD Officer Christopher Schurr charged with second-degree murder in shooting death of Patrick Lyoya – FOX 17 West Michigan News

A Grand Rapids police officer, Christopher Schurr, has been charged by the Kent County Prosecutors’ office with Second-degree murder in the shooting death at a  traffic stop in April.

As the body camera footage from officer Schurr shows, the stop was relatively calm until the driver Patrick Lyoya attempted to flee the scene on foot. He was driving a car with a mismatched license plate attached. When officer Schurr pulled him over Patrick Lyoya did not cooperate fully with the requests.

After escalating the incident and attempting in a struggle to subdue Lyoya with a taser in a ground struggle the officer pulled his regular firearm and shot Lyoya in the back of the head.

Based on the video of Officer Schurr at the time of the incident he knew almost instantly he had made a significant mistake.

After reviewing all of the evidence and circumstances, the Kent County prosecutor’s office determined that the officer, who was already on administrative leave, should be charged with second-degree murder.

The charges were announced today, and Schurr has surrendered himself to Kent County.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. In-depth: GRPD Officer Christopher Schurr charged with second-degree murder in shooting death of Patrick Lyoya  FOX 17 West Michigan News
  2. Grand Rapids police officer charged with murder in Patrick Lyoya shooting  Click On Detroit | Local 4 | WDIV
  3. Patrick Lyoya’s father during recent meeting with President Biden: ‘I just need justice’  MLive.com
  4. People react to charges for officer in Patrick Lyoya shooting  WXYZ-TV Detroit | Channel 7
  5. Michigan Policeman Charged with Murder in Shooting of Black Man  News18
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