Read time: 1 minute

911 Caller Faces Charges In John Crawford Case

Perhaps there is some justice somewhere, after all.

John Crawford was shot in a Walmart store after a 911 caller alerted police to the possibility that there was a man with a gun in the store. After a grand jury investigation, the police officer who shot Crawford was exonerated of any wrongdoing.

Now there could be a small measure of justice, as the 911 caller who inaccurately described Crawford could face charges for making false alarms.

Root found probable cause that Ronald T. Ritchie, the lone person to call 911 from Beavercreek’s Walmart on Aug. 5, 2014, could be prosecuted for making false alarms, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by maximums of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Root ruled that there was not probable cause to prosecute Ritchie for inciting to violence, inducing panic, involuntary manslaughter or reckless homicide. Ten private citizens filed affidavits in Fairborn Municipal Court on March 25, in reference to the shooting

Ritchie called 911 and said there was a black man waving a rifle at people, including children, which led to Beavercreek police to the scene. Officer Sean Williams shot Crawford twice after police said Crawford twice did not respond to orders to drop the air rifle he picked up from store shelves.

If nothing else, perhaps people will stop and think before they call 911 with false reports of people menacing with guns.

Can you help us out?

For 16 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit. We work 7 days a week, 16 hours a day for our labor of love, but with rising hosting and associated costs, we need your help! Could you donate $21 for 2021? Please consider a one-time or recurring donation of whatever amount you can spare, or consider subscribing for an ad-free experience. It will be greatly appreciated and help us continue our mission of exposing the real FAKE NEWS!

More C&L Coverage


New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team