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Victim identity confirmed in fatal shooting involving Warren police officer

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WARREN, Ohio - The Bureau of Criminal Investigation has confirmed Taemarr Walker was the man shot and killed during a confrontation with police early Saturday morning.

Several shots were fired when an officer was called to investigate a single car crash at Palymra and Risher roads. The officer wasn't injured.

Authorities recovered two weapons from the scene, but police would not confirm whether the Walker, 24, of Warren, pointed a weapon at the officer.

Sources tell 21 News that Walker's girlfriend was also in the car at the time of the shooting.

Court records show that Walker had been charged with several felonies in Trumbull County in the past, but charges were dismissed because witnesses failed to testify against him.

Those charges include aggravated assault and aggravated robbery. Walker was sent to prison in 2009 for possessing crack cocaine and cocaine. He also faced charges for disobeying orders of a police officer this year.  In July, Warren police trying to arrest Walker found him hiding in a clothes dryer.

During a news conference on Saturday, Warren Police Chief Eric Merkel said that there are circumstances under which police are allowed to use deadly force. "Whenever the officer feels his life or someone else's life is in danger or serious danger, he can use deadly force." said Merkel.

The chief has asked the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation to conduct an independent investigation into the shooting.  At the same time a parallel internal affairs  investigation is taking place.

The officer, whose name has not been released, is on paid administrative leave which chief Merkel says is standard procedure. 

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