WARREN - The Trumbull County Coroner's Office said Monday that the man killed by a city police officer early Saturday morning died from multiple gunshot wounds.
The coroner's office would not say specifically how many times Taemarr Walker, 24, of Warren was shot.
Walker, who had an extensive history with police and ties to Detroit, died early Saturday morning after he was shot by a Warren police officer in a remote southwest area of the city.
The police car being used by Patrolman Michael Krafcik, whom sources said was involved in the shooting, is not equipped with video capabilities. Traci Timko Rose, assistant Warren law director, said that cruiser was the next police department vehicle scheduled to be equipped with one.
The officer was dispatched to a report of a crash at the intersection of Risher and Palmyra roads, S.W. He found an abandoned vehicle.
Walker arrived right afterward in a separate vehicle. Krafcik is heard on police radio traffic telling the dispatcher that the car is abandoned. Moments later, he calls for backup, stating another car pulled up, and that there's a man with a gun inside. He's heard on a recording of the heard yelling at the man to put his hands up.
Seconds later, the dispatcher sends out the message to all units, ''Shots fired. Shots fired.''
Timko Rose said city officials were reviewing the in-car video and audio from other cruisers that arrived at the scene. However, those vehicles did not get there until after the shooting.
Meanwhile, Krafcik is on paid administrative leave, a standard procedure, police officials said.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the investigative arm of the Ohio Attorney General's Office, is handling the investigation.
A spokesman for that department would only confirm the man shot was Walker. He declined further comment on the investigation, but said several weapons were confiscated by BCI agents at the scene. He said BCI is typically called in when there is a potential conflict of interest.
Timko Rose said the city police department will also conduct its own investigation, but cannot overstep the process taking place with BCI's investigation.
Family members of Walker who were at the city police station on Monday declined to speak to news reporters. Reports state that a woman was in the car with Walker. Investigators have not named her.
Walker, who just turned 24 on Thursday, had a lengthy police record. His ties to both Warren and Detroit are among several connections between the two cities that local officials have investigated involving dozens of people and a slew of crimes from drug possession and robbery to felonious assault and murder.
Walker, who had been wounded by gunfire at least twice, was sentenced to a year in prison in 2009. He was suspected in the shooting death of a man that same year.
He was released from Trumbull County Jail Oct. 11 after a grand jury failed to indict him on charges of felonious assault and aggravated robbery in two holdups a year ago. He was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday on charges of tampering with evidence and failing to comply with the orders of a police officer.
Early this year Walker's mother told police that someone called her cell phone several times and threatened to shoot up her Homewood Avenue S.E. house days after Walker was extradicted from Detroit on the aggravated robbery charge.
Similarly, in September 2009, she told police that her home had been shot at two days in a row, according to Tribune Chronicle archives. This came after Walker was reported to have been involved in a January 2009 shootout that left him wounded in the stomach and another man dead.
Niles police reported on May 5 of this year that Walker hijacked a car and led officers on a high-speed chase before jumping out of the car. He was found hiding under another car off Fulton Street in Niles.
In July, after Walker was freed on bond, he was arrested again on charges by deputy U.S. Marshals on Autumn Drive N.W. after they found him hiding inside a clothes dryer at the home of a female friend.