GRPD officer to be arraigned on murder charges in Lyoya shooting today

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The officer who shot and killed Patrick Lyoya during a Grand Rapids traffic stop is expected to appear in court Friday.

Officer Christopher Schurr, of Grandville, will be charged with second-degree murder. Arraignment is scheduled for Friday, though exactly what time is unknown.

If convicted, the 31-year-old faces life in prison with the possibility of parole.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker announced his decision to file charges against Schurrwho surrendered Online records showed he was in the Calhoun County Jail in Battle Creek, which the Calhoun County Sheriff noted as “common practice” in cases where a defendant works for the jurisdiction in which he was arrested.

Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom announced that he was taking initial steps to fire Schurr. As the process progresses, Schurr will be suspended without pay. A final decision on his employment could come as soon as early next week.

Lyoya, 26, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who came to the US several years ago, died on April 4. Video released by GRPD shows that Schurr stopped Lyoya, Lyoya ran away and there was a struggle that included Lyoya grabbing Schurr. taser. Schurr, who was on top of Lyoya trying to hold him down, shot Lyoya in the back of the head.

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