TaShawn Walker indicted in Rollison murder

Staff report


TaShawn L. Walker, 26, has been indicted by a Trumbull County grand jury on charges of aggravated murder, carrying a concealed weapon and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle in the death of Richard C. Rollison IV, 24, Oct. 26 at a Warren gas station.

Walker, of Baytown, Texas, will be arraigned at 12:30 p.m. today in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. His case has been assigned to Judge Peter Kontos, but Judge W. Wyatt McKay will handle the arraignment.

Police believe Walker shot Rollison shortly after leaving a Warren Township bar, where police say he confronted people he accused of celebrating his younger brother’s death exactly one week earlier.

Warren Township police were called to the J&L Tavern on Highland Avenue just south of Warren at 12:35 a.m. for a disturbance that involved gunfire. Witnesses identified TaShawn Walker and his father, Thomas Walker, 44, of Warren, as being involved.

Warren police then were called to the Sunoco gas station on West Market Street at 12:54 a.m. where they found Rollison, who had been shot six times in the back and leg.

Police have not stated a motive in the Rollison killing.

Walker is the brother of Taemarr Walker, 24, who was shot to death by a Warren police officer early Oct. 19 on Risher Road Southwest.

Dash-camera video from a Warren police officer picked up statements by officers indicating that Patrolman Michael Krafcik shot Taemarr Walker to death after Walker crashed his car into a ditch on Risher, then reached for a gun inside his car.

The officer was in the area because he had been called for an abandoned, crashed car.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Service’s Gulf Coast Violent Fugitive Task Force in Houston arrested Walker, whose nickname is “Boo,” at a Baytown residence Oct. 28.

Rollison identified TaShawn Walker as the person who shot him while he lay in the parking lot awaiting an ambulance, according to a dash-camera video from the Warren Police Department, but he told officers he had no “beef” with Walker and didn’t know why it happened.

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