WARREN - The father of the 24-year-old killed this weekend in an apparent car jacking said Monday morning he does not want anyone to retaliate in his son's memory, but to let the police department do its job.
Warren police reported that at 12:50 p.m. Monday, the U.S. Marshal's Service captured Tashawn Walker, 26, in Baytown, Texas.
An aggravated murder warrant was issued by Warren municipal court for the capture of Walker in connection with the shooting death of Richard C. Rollison IV, 24, who was shot six times at about 12:54 a.m. Saturday, while he was in the Sunoco gas station at 805 W. Market St.
Police Lt. Jeff Cole said officials are working to have Walker extradited to Warren to face trial.
Cole said the department is not aware of the circumstances of Walker's capture.
Richard C. Rollison III, the shooting victim's father, does not believe his son's death has anything to do with Taemarr Walker's shooting death at the hands of a Warren police officer earlier this month. Tashawn Walker is Taemarr Walker's brother.
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Tanisha Rollison, sister of Richard C. Rollison IV, and her aunt Vonnie Wright, each hold a memorial board of photographs of Richard. He was shot multiple times in what family members believe was a car jacking this weekend.
"My son was at the wrong place at the wrong time," Rollison III said. "For a moment I thought there might be a connection, but I've had too many people come forward to tell me it was not."
"From my understanding the boy who shot him took his car," Rollison described. "They found the car 20 minutes later abandoned."
Rollison said his son and Taemarr Walker knew one another when they were growing up.
"He (Taemarr) used to come over to my house," Rollison III said. "I don't know his father or his brother."
Warren police are studying video recorded at the gas station that may give them details of what happened that led to Rollison IV's shooting and to determine if anyone else was involved.
Cole said the department is working with Warren Township police to determine if there are connections with the shooting death of Rollison and an incident that occurred earlier Saturday morning at the J & L Lounge, .1957 Highland Ave., which is in Warren Township.
Tashawn Walker, and his father, Thomas, are alleged to have gone to the lounge to confront one or more persons attending a private party who they believed made comments about Taemarr's death. A fight in the lounge moved outside and then there were shots fired at the building.
Warren Township police Chief Don Bishop said the two men then went up Highland Avenue towards East Market Street, shortly before the gas station shooting.
Bishop said his department has been on high alert since Taemarr Walker's shooting, because it had been warned there may have been some retaliation at area bars.
Bishop said because of the warnings he had asked the owners of J & L Lounge to close last weekend. However, the bar decided to have the already scheduled private party.
Cole, in a press conference said he does not know if the shooting of Taemarr Walker last week had anything to do with what happened at the gas station Saturday.
"We know that a lot of emotions are running high in the community and we want to the community know that an investigation is going on," he said.
Cole said the police department spoke to the owners of II Hype Lounge last week after the shooting of Taemarr Walker, because it was one of the popular local spots that was used by Mr. Walker and suggested that they might close this weekend.
The club was closed on Friday and Saturday evenings.
"We've been at a heightened alert," Cole said.
Cole said no one else has been charged in the Rollison shooting.
Although the department is still questioning possible witnesses and persons of interest.
"We're talking to who we need to talk to," he said.
Police on Saturday went to Walker's mother home to find Tashawn and serve the arrest warrant.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol Southington Post told the Tribune Chronicle patrols have been increased as a result of the shootings.
"We have more troopers in the area right now," Sgt. Ron Bornino said. "We've pulled some of the troopers from other posts just to increase our presence in Warren."
According to Bornino, the increased patrols are not in response to any specific threats and no stops have been made by OSHP in connection with the shootings at this time.
"We are not targeting anybody in particular," Bornino said. "We would only pull someone over if we had probable cause to do so."
Tribune Chronicle reporter Ashley Newman contributed to this report.