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Warren Urban League meeting with city officials about fatal police shooting

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WARREN, Ohio - State authorities are now handling the investigation into a deadly shooting, involving a Warren police officer.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation will sift through evidence left behind at the scene of the shootings, where an officer was called to respond to a single car crash.

"I think the officer involved in the incident performed his job," Enzo Cantalamessa says, city safety director. "

That officer, Patrolman Michael Krafcik, has been placed on paid administrative leave and will be offered counseling.

Cantalamessa says the U.S. Department of Justice has been notified of the incident. He expects the city will work with federal officials throughout the investigation process. Krafcik has more than a dozen letters of achievement in his personnel file. He was also cleared of any wrongdoing in a fatal shooting in 1993.

While the officer wasn't hurt, 24-year-old Taemarr Walker died in the shooting. Walker is a man who has a lengthy rap sheet and ties to Detroit. 

Warren's safety director is hopeful the state will find the officer followed proper protocol.

"The incident was handled capably to our understanding," Cantalamessa says. "We are hopeful and confident the BCI investigation will return with that same conclusion."

Warren's Urban League President tells 21 News he's meeting with city leaders to learn about what happened, he worries the community will be reactionary.

"You're always worried about community unrest in these kind of situations and we just have to be patient to get the results of the investigation, but at the same token, we want our streets to be safe," says Thomas Conley.

Crafchik was investigating a one-car accident on Risher Road early that morning when the shooting incident occurred.

Cantalamessa says comments on the police department's social media sites that could be perceived as threats have been removed.

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