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WARREN, Ohio - A nearly six-month investigation has cleared a Warren police officer of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of a suspect he was apprehending.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins released the results of the probe into the October incident where 24-year-old Taemarr Walker was fatally shot by officer Michael Krafcik.

The investigation concluded that Krafcik acted appropriately, legally and in self defense after Walker suddenly lunged for a handgun under the front seat of his car.

The report says the Krafcik saw the weapon in Walker's hand and reasonably believed that his life was in danger during the confrontation at Risher and Palmyra Roads.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation assisted in the investigation.

Warren Police Chief Eric Merkel says this is a tragedy for everyone involved, but says his officers have the right to go home every night safely to their families.

"And when somebody jeopardizes that right, and thinks it's a good idea to pull firearms on the police, then the use of deadly force and the outcome in this incident are always going to be a possibility," Merkel says.

Since this shooting, leaders in the Warren community have been working on ways to unite and prevent future violence. 

As a result of this investigation, the focus will next turn to Walker's female passenger, Regan Jelks. Jelks was indicted by the Trumbull County grand jury on three counts including involuntary manslaughter. She was arrested in Detroit, where she waits to be extradited back to Warren to answer to those charges.

 

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