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The GRPD names the officer who shot Patrick Lyoya; Whitmer offers thoughts on next steps

Lyoya Shooting Michigan
Cory Morse |
Grand Rapids Police Department
A TV display shows Patrick Lyoya, 26, on April 4 shortly before he was fatally shot by Grand Rapids police officer Christopher Schurr.

Lyoya was killed April 4 by Officer Christopher Schurr.

(WDET) Governor Gretchen Whitmer commented Monday on the death of Patrick Lyoya, the Congolese man shot to death by a Grand Rapids policeman earlier this month.

Speaking at an event in Pontiac, Whitmer hinted there could be further action if the Kent County Prosecutor declines to charge Officer Christopher Schurr.

“Ultimately we don't prosecute. It is in the hands of the Kent County prosecutor and perhaps other agencies that might seek to do something but it will be out of our hands at that point," Whitmer said.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker – a Republican - has taken campaign money from a police union.

Whitmer says the Michigan State Police should be wrapping up their investigation into the shooting soon.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says Schurr is on paid leave, stripped of his police powers during the investigation.