Warren man arraigned on six charges
WARREN — A Warren man accused of shooting at law enforcement authorities during an Oct. 17, 2020, chase through Warren was arraigned Friday on six felony charges.
Mehki Walker, 20, of 487 Martin St. SW, pleaded not guilty to two counts attempted murder each with firearm specifications, two counts felonious assault each with firearm specifications, one count failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer and one count having weapons under restrictions.
Walker was represented by attorney John Juhasz who argued for a lower bond, but Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter J. Kontos agreed to keep the defendant’s bond at $500,000 after assistant Prosecutor Charles Morrow argued about the seriousness of the charges, which included three firearms specifications that carry a potential of 30 years in prison.
Kontos set Walker’s next court appearance for Feb. 8.
Jail records show Walker has been locked up since his Nov. 5, 2020, arrest in connection with the Oct. 17 incident in which someone inside a vehicle opened fire on law officers.
According to a police report, a Warren patrol officer near Northwest Boulevard heard four gunshots close by. Those gunshots were an exchange on Southern Boulevard between the deputies and someone in a vehicle, the reports show.
A few seconds later, the officer saw a vehicle moving at high speed turn south in front of his cruiser. When the officer activated his lights and siren, the driver of the vehicle cracked his door and began firing from a handgun. The pursuit continued on several streets as the officer drew his pistol, but reports show he could not get a clear shot at the suspect.
As the driver attempted a turn onto Norwood Street, the vehicle went off the roadway into a ditch. As the suspect got out of the vehicle, he threw the firearm behind him and ran in the opposite direction, the report states. The officer recovered the firearm.
Another man came out of the passenger side of the vehicle and began running in the same direction as the shooter, through backyards toward Bradford Street, and was not apprehended.