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Investigators recover assault-looking .22 rifle



Published: Wed, October 23, 2013 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Ed Runyan

runyan@vindy.com

COLUMBUS

Among the weapons investigators confiscated from the car in which Taemarr Walker rode early Saturday, when he was shot to death by a Warren police officer, is a weapon that looks like a military assault rifle but has much less firepower.

Investigators recovered an HD MP5 .22-caliber long rifle from the vehicle, said Jill DeGreco, public information officer for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

The attorney general’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation is handling the investigation into Walker’s death at 1:50 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Risher and Palmyra roads in the southwest part of the city.

DelGreco said BCI is not releasing information on whether the rifle or a handgun also recovered from the vehicle had been fired.

“It looks like a military firearm, but if you hold it, you’d know it’s not military grade,” Tyler Matacic, a salesman at J&D Firearms on Parkman Road, said of the rifle in Walker’s car.

A .22-caliber firearm is among the least powerful weapons on the market, he said.

Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk, Trumbull County coroner, ruled Walker’s death a homicide as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, but his office is not releasing how many times he was shot. Walker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Walker, 24, of Kenwood Drive Southwest, has a lengthy criminal record. He was sentenced to a year in prison in 2009, but grand juries refused to indict him twice in the past seven months.

DelGreco said BCI is not confirming the identity of the officer who killed Walker, but various news outlets have said it is Patrolman Mike Krafcik, a 20-year Warren police veteran.

Warren Police Chief Eric Merkel said he also won’t release the name of the officer.

Krafcik was checking on an abandoned car on the bend on Risher near Palmyra when a car pulled up nearby containing two people, one of them with a gun. The other person in the car was a female. Krafcik could be heard yelling, “Put your hands up,” just before the shooting took place. Krafcik was not injured. He is off work on paid administrative leave, which is normal procedure.

DelGreco said the length of time it takes for BCI to complete this type of investigation varies, but the length of time it takes to receive toxicology reports and other lab results takes months.

Usually, the results of an investigation such as this are turned over to the county prosecutor, who takes the matter to the grand jury, DelGreco said.

If the grand jury declines to indict the officer, information regarding the case then becomes public, she said.


Comments

1DACOUNTRYBOY(144 comments)posted 5 months, 4 weeks ago

It sure aint no hunting rifle! So how much ammo did he have with him for it?

http://www.hk22rimfire.com/index.php?...

H&K MP5 SD .22 LR
Item No. 2245255 (25 rd.)
Item No. 2245265 (10 rd.)
The H&K MP5 SD offered by Umarex USA is a rimfire rifle authentic in looks, feel, and operation. This HK clone is engineered as a dedicated .22 Long Rifle. It’s built with a match grade precision barrel, metal receiver, and retractable stock. It also has a NAVY pistol grip as well as HK MP5-style sights. The sound dampener (SD) is actually a compensator. It is attached to conceal the 16.1 inch barrel that extends the full length of the gun and compensator.

The MP5’s magazine is made of high-strength polymer and is designed for ease of loading with dual grips for holding the spring when loading. A 25- and 10-round version of the magazine is available. Both are proportionate in size to the centerfire version’s mag to maintain the authentic look of the 9mm MP5s magazine. The MP5 SD estimated retail price is $519.

Operation
A blowback system operates the .22 caliber HK MP5 SD. When the magazine empties the bolt remains open. Its front sight is adjustable for elevation and comes with interchangeable posts. The rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation. The safety switch rotates 90 degrees, as does the 9 mm MP5.

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2nodice(66 comments)posted 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Note how the vindicator neglects the fact that multiple weapons were recovered.... And the fact that a .22lr will kill you the same as any other firearm. A 22lr was used by Hinkley in his attempted assassination of Reagan. Yesterday the Vindicator made a big deal about there being no dash cam video....like something was being hidden. The vast majority of LE agencies in this area don't have video.

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3gdog4766(1255 comments)posted 5 months, 4 weeks ago

I can't wait to hear what the Warren Urban League has to say at their scheduled press conference today. I'm sure it will be a doozie. They will surely be emboldened after the blatant racism display in ytown. If whites had come out in support of a white candidate who wasn't endorsed Sharpton would be on the steps of the courthouse popping blood vessels.

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4123goz(455 comments)posted 5 months, 4 weeks ago

It's all fine and dandy we know it's just a .22 now. I'm sure you couldn't tell that the other night just by looking. A .223 barrel would look the same.

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5redvert(2007 comments)posted 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Odds are the 22 was stolen, but seriously, this young man was trying to turn his life around. When he saw the officer he stopped so he could turn in the weapons that he had found.....sounds good to me!!!

"Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk, Trumbull County coroner, ruled Walker’s death a homicide as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, but his office is not releasing how many times he was shot. Walker was pronounced dead at the scene."

What is the cop supposed to do, shoot once and then ask if the scumbag gives up (as the scumbag would continue shooting)?

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6JS(460 comments)posted 5 months, 4 weeks ago

I sure wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of that MP5. That thing could spit out a lot of rounds in a couple of seconds. Putting Taemarr Walker down fast would have been priority one! No rights were violated as Taemarr Walker didn't have a right to shoot at a policeman in the first place.

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7southsidedave(4709 comments)posted 5 months, 4 weeks ago

I am glad that at least some people recognize that a .22 caliber round is dangerous...ANY size round has the potential to kill...

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8123goz(455 comments)posted 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Dave, you are correct. To be more precise, I did not mean to imply the .22 wasn't dangerous. I was belittling the comment by the gun shop guy. "well if you were holding it, you would know it's not military" and "it's just a .22......". All of what he said may be true, but in the context of the article, it sounds like implying the cop should have known and it should have made a difference.
I'm sure nobody would have time to determine which assault rifle he was looking at. If anything, with time to study, and you saw the hole in the end of the barrel, you still wouldn't know .22 or .223. Semi auto or fully auto conversion?
"Excuse me Mr. Criminal, can you fill out this questionare about your firearm? It will help me determine if I should fire a warning shot, then shoot the gun out of your hand, or just double tap you in the torso."

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