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Michigan chief IDs officer who fatally shot Patrick Lyoya

Police Shooting Michigan
Cory Morse | MLive.com/AP
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Grand Rapids Police Department
A TV display shows video evidence of a Grand Rapids police officer struggling with and shooting Patrick Lyoya at Grand Rapids City Hall on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. Lyoya, 26, was shot and killed about 8:10 a.m., on April 4, after what police said was a traffic stop. (Grand Rapids Police Department)

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (AP)— Grand Rapids, Michigan police have identified Christopher Schurr as the officer who killed Patrick Lyoya three weeks ago.

Lyoya was a Black man and native of Congo who was fatally shot in the back of the head after a struggle with the officer. Grand Rapids Chief Eric Winstrom had declined to name the officer but changed course Monday. He says he’s doing it in the “interest of transparency” and to reduce speculation.

Lyoya’s family and Black leaders, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, had repeatedly called for release of Schurr’s name. The officer has not been charged in the shooting.

Michigan State Police are investigating.