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Former GRPD officer Christopher Schurr preliminary examination underway

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(Grand Rapids Police Department)
A TV display shows video evidence of a Grand Rapids police officer struggling with and shooting Patrick Lyoya at Grand Rapids City Hall on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. Lyoya, 26, was shot and killed about 8:10 a.m., on April 4, after what police said was a traffic stop.

Will determine if enough evidence warrants a trial.

After months of delays, the preliminary examination of former Grand Rapids Police Officer, Christopher Schurr, began Thursday morning.

Former Officer Christopher Schurr is charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Congolese Immigrant Patrick Lyoya during a traffic stop on April 4th.

Seven months later, the preliminary examination which began Thursday, will determine whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.

During the proceedings Thursday morning, prosecutors called Aime Tuyishime, a passenger in the car that Lyoya was driving to the stand.

Tuyishime testified he witnessed the shooting firsthand while recording it on his cell phone.

“I knew something was wrong, and the officers told me to back up, and then they put me in handcuffs.”

Schurr, who has pleaded not guilty, has been out of jail since June after posting a $100,000 bond.

He faces life in prison with the possibility of parole if convicted.

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