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University of Akron
Mark Arehart / WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, Feb. 13:

A wrongful death lawsuit related to the fatal shooting of 22-year-old John Crawford III inside a Beavercreek Walmart store more than four years ago took a step forward Tuesday.

A federal judge ruled the case can proceed to a jury trial.

Crawford’s relatives filed the suit against the Beavercreek Police Department and Walmart after a federal investigation into the shooting closed without charges two years ago, citing insufficient evidence.

The facts of Crawford’s shooting have been widely reported:

A man was shot and killed by a Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s deputy last night, after crashing his car on Interstate 90 near West Boulevard. The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s office says the deputy is a veteran of the police force with more than 25 years of service.

Mayor (left), PD Chief (center), FD Chief (right)
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Akron’s  Police Chief James Nice resigned unexpectedly this afternoon at the request of Mayor Dan Horrigan.

The Horrigan administration is offering no comment about the resignation of Nice until a press conference tomorrow afternoon.  Nice, who is an Akron native and former FBI agent,  had been chief since 2011.

photo of Ray Tensing

Jurors in the retrial of former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing for the shooting death of Samuel DuBose saw the body camera video of the shooting during the first day of proceedings.

photo of Kim Jacobs

Columbus police say an officer fatally shot a 13-year-old boy who pulled what turned out to be a BB gun from his waistband. Police say Tyree King was among three males being pursued after a report of an armed robbery on the city’s Near East Side last night.

Columbus Police Sgt. Rich Weiner said of the gun: "This is very realistic. This is a lot of the products officers are seeing out on the street today, where people can’t get hold of a real gun.”

Police say a person with King was interviewed and released.