Wed, 10:24 pm: BCI investigation in fatal Walker shooting sent to county prosecutor

WARREN The investigation into the Oct. 19 police-involved shooting that killed a 24-year-old city man has been handed over to the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins today said his office will make a decision on the case once the review is completed.

The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation confirmed that its findings were handed over to Watkins today. BCI is the investigative arm of the state attorney general’s office.

Jill Del Greco, a spokeswoman for the state attorney general’s office, explained that BCI did not make a recommendation, but is leaving it up to Watkins to make a final determination in the case.

Warren police Officer Michael Krafcik was placed on paid administrative leave immediately following the shooting near the intersection of Palmyra and Risher roads S.W. that left Taemarr Walker dead from multiple gunshot wounds. City officials said the move to place Krafcik on leave is standard when an officer is involved in a shooting. He returned to work Nov. 11.

Police Chief Eric Merkel declined to comment on the investigation until the prosecutor’s office completes its review of BCI’s findings.

Warren police officials have said the city likely will complete its own internal investigation into the early morning shooting with the conclusion of BCI’s investigation.

Read more in the Thursday edition of the Tribune Chronicle.