WARREN - The city police officer involved in the shooting that killed a 24-year-old man early Saturday may have suffered a minor injury to his hand during the incident, officials said.
An incident report that Warren police released Tuesday following a Tribune Chronicle public records request about the shooting lists "police officer" as the injured victim. However, the report indicates the injury is "unknown."
Police sources said Patrolman Michael Krafcik was not injured by gunfire and is doing OK. He was placed on paid administrative leave immediately after the shooting, a standard procedure when police are involved in such incidents.
The police report states the Warren Police Department, along with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, is investigating an "officer-related incident."
The police report makes no mention of the shooting and contains no other information about the incident.
On Monday, the Trumbull County Coroner's Office said Taemarr Walker, 24, of Warren, died from multiple gunshot wounds.
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 Krafcik is not equipped with video capabilities. Traci Timko Rose, assistant Warren law director, said the 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 and can be heard on police radio traffic telling a dispatcher the vehicle had gone off the road and slid into a ditch.
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 called for backup, stating another car pulled up and that there was a man with a gun inside. He's heard on a recording yelling at the man to put his hands up.
Seconds later, the dispatcher sends out the message to all units, "Shots fired. Shots fired."
Sources have said a woman was with Walker the night of the shooting, but the police report makes no mention of her or any witnesses.
Warren police officials have declined to say much about the shooting, but have deferred questions to BCI, which is the investigative arm of the Ohio Attorney General's Office.
BCI spokespersons have confirmed the man shot was Walker and that several weapons were confiscated by BCI agents at the scene.
Walker, who just turned 24 on Thursday, had a lengthy history with police. 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.