Grand Rapids police chief names officer who fatally shot Patrick Lyoya

Lyoya’s shooting took place on April 4 after Schurr pulled him over for an allegedly unregistered license plate.

Police Chief Eric Winstrom previously declined to release Schurr’s name, arguing the city had a long-standing policy not to release the names of employees under investigation even as the officer’s name was circulating publicly. Winstrom said he decided to identify Schurr “in the interest of transparency, to reduce ongoing speculation, and to avoid any further confusion.”

Winstrom said Schurr remains on administrative leave and has been stripped of his policing powers, pending a criminal investigation by Michigan State Police and an internal Grand Rapids Police Department investigation that will determine if he violated department policies.

The release of Schurr’s identity comes three days after the Rev. Al Sharpton, while speaking at Lyoya’s funeral, demanded the release of the officer’s name.

Dorcas Lyoya gets emotional following the funeral of her son, Patrick Lyoya.

“How dare you hold the name of a man who killed this man?” Sharpton said Friday at a crowded Renaissance Church of God in Christ in Grand Rapids. “Every time a young Black man or woman is arrested in this town, you put their name all over the news. Every time we’re suspected of something, you put our name out there.”

CNN has attempted to reach out to Schurr for comment, but did not hear back. CNN also reached out to the Grand Rapids Police Officers Association for comment, but did not hear back.

Video shows 2-minute interaction and altercation

Grand Rapids police released several forms of video footage capturing the approximately two-minute-and-40-second interaction.

The footage begins with the officer walking toward Lyoya’s car.
Videos show the fatal police shooting of Michigan man after a struggle during a traffic stop

The video shows Lyoya, 26, turning his back to the officer and appearing to walk toward the front of the car. The officer puts his hands on Lyoya’s shoulder and back, saying “no, no, no, stop, stop,” and Lyoya is seen resisting the officer’s touch and backing away from the officer.

The officer tackles him to the ground. Video shows Lyoya getting up and standing, and the officer drawing and deploying a Taser. Police said the Taser’s prongs didn’t hit Lyoya.

The two end up physically struggling on the ground, where the officer shot Lyoya, who wasn’t armed at the time of the shooting, according to a family attorney.

The officer who shot Lyoya is heard saying “Let go of the Taser” before firing the fatal shot.

An autopsy commissioned by Lyoya’s family determined he was shot in the back of the head.

CNN’s Emma Tucker, Kristina Sgueglia and Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.

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