Christopher Schurr

Oral arguments in the case against Christopher Schurr, a former Grand Rapids police officer charged with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Patrick Lyoya, an unarmed Black man, during a traffic stop in April 2022. In a preliminary hearing held over three days in October 2022, a District Court judge determined there was ample probable cause to proceed with the second-degree murder charge and bound the case over to Circuit Court. In February 2023 Circuit Court Judge Christina Elmore heard arguments from Schurr's attorney and Kent County Prosecutor Christopher Becker on a motion to quash the second-degree murder charge. Judge Elmore upheld the District Court's decision to send the case to Circuit Court saying the case will proceed to trial. Schurr's defense attorney, Matt Borgula, has asked the Court of Appeals to dismiss the charges, arguing that officer Schurr's actions were justified based on three theories of law: self-defense, force in response to force used by person being arrested and the fleeing felon rule.