WARREN - People at the scene of an early Saturday morning shooting can be heard telling the 24-year-old wounded man not to go to sleep, to "keep breathing" and to "keep talking."
Dashboard camera recordings from one of the Warren police cruisers at the scene revealed that Richard C. Rollison IV identified Tashawn "Boo" Walker, 26, as the man who shot him in the parking lot of the of the Sunoco gas station at 805 W. Market St. just before 1 a.m.
The video, released by city police to the Tribune Chronicle on Tuesday after a public records request, reveals the aftermath of the shooting, including conversations between a dying Rollison and city police.
Rollison replied "No" when a police officer asked him if he was "having a beef with this guy?"
Rollison was initially taken to St. Joseph Health Center in Warren but transferred to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, where he died.
Still unclear on Tuesday, however, was whether police believed Tashawn Walker drove Rollison's vehicle from the gas station, if Rollison was - as his father told reporters - in the wrong place at the wrong time or if the shooting is related to an incident at a bar in Warren Township around the same time.
This video grab apparently shows the victim of Saturday morning’s shooting talking to a Warren police officer. The man later died.
"We do have a suspect, and he has been arrested, but we're still investigating," Warren Police Lt. Jeff Cole said Tuesday afternoon.
U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force (GCVOFTF) in Houston, Texas, arrested Tashawn Walker on Monday after Warren police issued a warrant for him.
Officials in Texas said Walker was taken into custody without incident. During the arrest, two firearms and a box of ammunition were found and seized as potential evidence. Officials said Walker would be held in Texas and await extradition to Ohio to face the murder charge. Warren police officials have not said when they expect him to be brought back to Trumbull County.
Officials said Walker apparently traveled from Texas to Warren to attend the funeral of his brother, Taemarr Walker, who was fatally shot in a confrontation with Warren police early Oct. 19.
Police believe that after fatally shooting Rollison, Tashawn Walker fled Warren without attending his brother's funeral, which was held later on Saturday, officials said.
The same day, Warren police asked for help from Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) to locate and apprehend Tashawn Walker. NOVFTF officials said they worked on the investigation over the weekend, conducting surveillance at the funeral, and then developed solid leads in Texas. NOVFTF passed information along to the GCVOFTF in Houston early Monday morning.
The GCVOFTF immediately responded, began working the investigation in the area of Baytown, Texas, and located Walker at a residence on Chandler Street, officials said.
It appears on police dash camera video that officers recovered a gun and several shell casings at the gas station shooting scene. Witnesses can be heard telling police they heard what sounded like firecrackers. Officers at the scene said they believed bullets had hit Rollison's leg and abdomen.
While investigating, officers were informed by a police dispatcher that someone had reported seeing a man drop a gun near a Tod Avenue S.W. residence and run through the back yard.
Reports state the vehicle Rollison had been driving was discovered abandoned about 20 minutes after the shooting.
Tensions throughout the city have remained high since Taemarr Walker's death. Warren and the surrounding area were on "heightened alert" last week after Taemarr Walker's death. Officials at the Ohio State Patrol's Warren Post in Southington confirmed that Warren police had asked OSP to help saturate the area with police presence as a precaution.
OSP Sgt. Philip Robinson said troopers from at least eight posts including Canfield, Lisbon, Ashtabula, Medina, Canton, Ravenna, Hiram and Cleveland, were called in last Friday to help patrol.
Robinson said the troopers, who typically travel alone, paired up.
"We did that for safety, of course, but also because many were not from here and they don't really know the area. We paired a trooper from the area with one outside the area," he said.
Warren Police Chief Eric Merkel was not available for comment.
Cole said city police are working with Warren Township police to determine if there are connections with Rollison's shooting and an incident that occurred earlier Saturday morning at the J & L Lounge, 1957 Highland Ave., which is in Warren Township.
Tashawn Walker and Thomas Walker 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.
Police have confirmed that Thomas Walker is a person of interest, but it is not clear whether their interest in him is connected to Rollison's death or related solely to the Warren Township incident.
Warren Township police Chief Don Bishop said the two men then drove on Highland Avenue toward 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 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 Walker and suggested that they might close this weekend. The club was closed Friday and Saturday evenings.