Brother of man killed by Warren police sentenced to probation on gun charges

Staff report


Tre Vaughn L. Walker, 23, brother of two men in the center of chaotic events in October 2013, was sentenced to five years’ intensive probation Monday on two weapons charges.

Walker, of Stewart Drive Northwest, pleaded guilty in May in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to carrying concealed weapons and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

Warren police said they found a loaded handgun under a book bag in the back seat of a car in which Walker was a passenger, after police observed his driver fail to stop at a stop sign in June 2015 at Colonial Street and Niles Road Southeast.

Walker is the brother of Taemarr Walker, 24, who died in October 2013 in a confrontation with a Warren police officer on Risher Road Southwest.

Another brother, Tashawn Walker, 28, of Texas, pleaded guilty in July 2015 to involuntary manslaughter, carrying a concealed weapon and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle in the shooting death of Richard Rollison IV, 24, of Niles, at the Sunoco gas station on West Market Street one week after Taemarr Walker’s death. Tashawn Walker was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Tre Vaughn Walker also was arraigned Monday in common pleas on charges of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence in a July 6, 2016, incident.

He pleaded not guilty and is in the Trumbull County jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

A Warren police officer said he saw a male in the parking lot of Giant Eagle on Mahoning Avenue who seemed to be “checking if anyone was watching him as he entered the vehicle.”

The officer found that the license plate on the vehicle didn’t match the vehicle. The driver, later identified as Tre Vaughn Walker, then drove the vehicle on Tod Avenue at 50 miles per hour in a 25 miles-per-hour zone, the officer said.

As the officer approached the vehicle during a traffic stop, a black object was thrown out the passenger window and onto the grass in front of a house. It was later identified as a stolen handgun.

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