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911 caller: Cop told man to drop gun at Wal-Mart

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 911 caller who reported a man carrying a gun in Wal-Mart told state investigators he heard an officer repeatedly say “put it down” about two seconds before police shot the man, killing him, according to a summary of the interview released by the state.

Ritchie’s account, released with other investigative documents Tuesday, provides some support for written statements made by the two officers involved, who said Crawford appeared to be carrying a black assault rifle, didn’t respond to repeated commands to drop it and turned toward them aggressively.

Store surveillance video captured the shooting from a distance but doesn’t include audio and therefore doesn’t document any comments by the officers or the time between such comments and when Crawford drops to the floor.

Ritchie and his wife told investigators the gun looked like an assault rifle he owned and said they believed it was a real weapon because they didn’t see an orange tip indicating it was an air rifle.

Court blocks part of new North Carolina voting law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Parts of North Carolina’s new voting law, considered one of the toughest in the nation, were set aside for next month’s elections because they were likely to disenfranchise black voters, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday.

In a 2-1 ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals suspended provisions of the Republican-backed law that would have eliminated same-day registration during early voting and voided ballots cast on Election Day outside of a person’s assigned precinct.

Attorney General Roy Cooper, Gov. Pat McCrory and the leaders of the state House and Senate all have assigned or hired attorneys to defend the state law.