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City Manager: Christopher Schurr employment with GRPD terminated

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Posted at 2:12 PM, Jun 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-15 14:38:37-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Christopher Schurr has been fired from the Grand Rapids Police Department.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington says Schurr’s employment with the city has been terminated after the former officer waived his right to a discharge hearing.

Schurr's firing comes after the Kent County prosecutor announced he had issued a second-degree murder charge against Schurr for the shooting death of Patrick Lyoya.

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Washington announced Schurr had been fired from GRPD in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

“Last Friday, the Police Chief and the Labor Relations Office recommended that I terminate Christopher Schurr’s employment with the City. I accepted that recommendation and scheduled a required discharge hearing. I have been informed by Mr. Schurr’s representatives that he is waiving his right to the hearing and, therefore, I have decided to terminate Mr. Schurr’s employment with the Grand Rapids Police Department effective June 10, 2022. Due to the on-going criminal matter and the potential for civil litigation, I will not be providing any additional comment concerning Mr. Schurr at this time.”

Christopher Schurr made his first court appearance Friday afternoon before posting bond and leaving jail within a matter of hours.

Schurr’s attorneys say they will not take a deal and they plan to take the case to trial.

Last week, Schurr turned himself in and was booked into the Calhoun County Jail in Battle Creek.

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He was arraigned in Kent County early Friday afternoon via a live video feed. Schurr was able to post bond and walk out of the Calhoun County Jail later that afternoon.

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Under the Michigan Penal Code, a second-degree murder charge is defined as a "non-premeditated killing" or a murder that's caused by someone's "reckless conduct, including an obvious lack of concern for a person's life."

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There's no justification or excuse for death under this charge, such as self-defense; however, it is less severe than first-degree murder.

If convicted, Schurr faces up to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

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