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Legal team of former GRPD Officer charged with murder in Lyoya case appears in court

Schurr, 31, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Patrick Lyoya.
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Former Grand Rapids Police Officer Christopher Schurr appears virtually in court.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The legal team of recently fired Grand Rapids Police Officer Christopher Schurr appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Schurr, 31, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Patrick Lyoya.

The hearing took place in Grand Rapids 61st District Court. 

Schurr's legal team waived the hearing and he's due in court on July 18 for another hearing. 

The shooting happened Monday, April 4 just after 8 a.m. near the intersection of Griggs Street and Nelson Avenue SE in Grand Rapids. Schurr had pulled Lyoya over, who was driving with a friend in the passenger seat.

Lyoya got out of his vehicle to speak with Schurr. After a brief physical struggle, Lyoya was shot in the back of the head and killed.

The passenger filmed the altercation.

Schurr bonded out of custody, and his legal team previous shared this statement regarding their client:

"We were disappointed to learn that Officer Schurr has been charged with murder by the Kent County Prosecutor. Officer Schurr is a decorated member of law enforcement who has dedicated his career to helping others and protecting the citizens of Grand Rapids. The evidence in this case will show that the death of Patrick Lyoya was not murder but an unfortunate tragedy, resulting from a highly volatile situation. Mr. Lyoya continually refused to obey lawful commands and ultimately disarmed a police officer. Mr. Lyoya gained full control of a police officer’s weapon while resisting arrest, placing Officer Schurr in fear of great bodily harm or death. We are confident that after a jury hears all of the evidence, Officer Schurr will be exonerated."

Following the shooting, Schurr had been placed on paid leave and stripped of his police powers pending the conclusion of the investigation.

After the Kent County Prosecutor announced he had charged the officer, GRPD Chief Eric Winstrom said he would ask the City Manager to immediately suspend Schurr without pay pending termination.

He was fired effective June 10. 

Credit: Calhoun County Sheriff's Office
Grand Rapids Police Officer Christopher Schurr, 31, turned himself into the Calhoun County Jail Thursday after he learned he was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Patrick Lyoya.

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The union that represents police officers in Grand Rapids said they're backing Officer Schurr. The Grand Rapids-area Fraternal Order of Police also called the charge against Schurr a "ridiculous miscarriage of justice."

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