GRPD Fires Officer Charged in Lyoya Death

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – A Grand Rapids police officer charged with murder after body camera footage showed a suspect resisting arrest and reaching for the officer’s taser has been fired.

Christopher Schurr, a Grand Rapids officer for seven years, waived a right to a hearing and was dismissed, effective last Friday, said City Manager Mark Washington.

Schurr’s dismissal was recommended by GRPD Chief Eric Winstrom after prosecutors filed second-degree murder charges last Thursday.

Patrick Lyoya died following a traffic stop on April 4.

Body camera footage showed him resisting arrest and trying to grab Schurr’s taser. Toxicology reports showed Lyoya’s blood alcohol level at three times the legal limit. The officer told Lyoya he pulled him over for the license plate not matching the car.

Schurr’s attorneys said the officer feared for his safety when he shot Lyoya.

Katie Heid
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