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Wal-Mart Denies Claims In Suit Over Fatal Store Shooting

Wal-Mart is denying allegations of civil rights violations and negligence in the death of a black man who was shot by a white officer while holding an air rifle inside one of the company's stores in Ohio.

Twenty-two-year-old John Crawford III was shot Aug. 5 in Beavercreek.  Police responded after a 911 caller reported a man waving what appeared to be a firearm.

Crawford's family sued in federal court after a grand jury concluded the shooting was justified. The city, its police chief and two officers named as defendants deny the family's claims and are asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

In a Friday court filing Wal-Mart denied responsibility for Crawford's death.

Crawford's family has sought a federal investigation to see if race was a factor.