Christopher Paul “Chris” Schurr is a white police officer in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He hails from Byron Center, Michigan.
- He attended Corinth Reform, an evangelical church in Byron Center.
- His father worked at a trucking business while his mother worked as a legal assistant at a mortgage company. When he was a teenager, his parents divorced and they shared custody of him and his younger sister.
- In 2009, he graduated from Byron Center High School in Byron Center. His wife Brandey Lynn Bruin Schurr was his high school sweetheart.
- In 2013, he and Brandey visited Kenya. In the same year, he was one of the Daktronics–National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) men’s track and field scholar-athletes. From 2013 to 2014, he trained at Grand Rapids Gymnastics in Grand Rapids. He was named the Outstanding Performer at the 2014 Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Awards.
- In May 2014, he and Brandey got engaged. In the same month, he earned a gold medal at the NAIA Outdoor National Track and Field Championships at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA and graduated from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in criminal justice. He competed as a pole vaulter while attending the university.
- In July 2014, Pastor Odero Elisha hosted him and Brandey in Kawiti, Homa Bay, Kenya. The pastor officiated at their wedding there. The couple and others visited residents, played with orphans and built houses for widows in the village.
- In 2015, he joined the Grand Rapids Police Department.
- In 2020, he made $89,454 as a Grand Rapids Police Department officer.
- On April 4, 2022, he fatally shot Congolese refugee Patrick Lyoya in Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids Police Department placed him on paid leave and stripped him of police powers.
- On April 13, 2022, the Grand Rapids Police Department released footage of Lyoya’s fatal shooting without revealing his identity.
- On April 25, 2022, Grand Rapids Police Department chief Eric Winstrom revealed that he was the cop who fatally shot Lyoya.
- He was 31 years old when he was charged with one count of second-degree murder on June 9, 2022. On June 10, 2022, he appeared at a hearing via video conference from a jail in Calhoun County, Michigan before a judge, who set his bond at $100,000, and his lawyer Mark Dodge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
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