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Officer in Ohio Wal-Mart shooting on leave pending govt. probe

DAYTON, Ohio -- Police say an officer who fatally shot a man in an Ohio Wal-Mart last summer will remain on leave until the federal government concludes its investigation of the shooting.

A special grand jury decided in September that the actions of Officer Sean Williams and another Beavercreek officer in the racially charged case were justified, and did not indict.

The Dayton Daily News reported Thursday that the 31-year-old Williams has been on accumulated personal leave since the grand jury decision.

Mark D'Alessandro, an assistant U.S. attorney, told the paper the government's investigation is ongoing.

Williams, who is white, shot 22-year-old John Crawford III, who was black, on Aug. 5 after a 911 caller reported that Crawford was waving what appeared to be a rifle, which turned out to be an air rifle.