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The Kent County Prosecutor is charging Grand Rapids Police Officer Christopher Schurr with 2nd Degree Murder in the shooting death of Patrick Lyoya.

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Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker announcing his decision to charge Grand Rapids Police Officer Christopher Schurr with a second-degree murder in the death of Patrick Lyoya on April 4, 2022

Based on the findings provided by the Michigan State Police investigating the shooting death of Patrick Lyoya, the Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker reached his conclusion Thursday.

Based on the findings provided by the Michigan State Police investigating the shooting death of Patrick Lyoya, the Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker reached his conclusion Thursday.

“I’ve made the decision to charge Christopher Schurr with one count of second-degree murder.”

The prosecutor explaining second degree murder is a felony offense punishable to up to life in prison, with the possibility of parole. The prosecutor must now prove the defendant possessed an intent to kill, an intent to do great bodily harm.

“Or the intent to do an act that the natural tendency of that act would be to cause death or great bodily harm. And finally, that the death was not justified or excused, for example, by self-defense.”

Under Michigan law, the Kent County Prosecutor cannot charge an officer with a charge of felony firearm.

Officer Schurr turned himself into authorities Thursday. His arraignment is scheduled for Friday.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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