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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

[FL] Miami Detective James Walker slain off-duty

Police Seek White Taurus In Murder Of Miami Cop 30-Year Old James Walker Had Been With The Force Since 2000
Sharrie Williams
Jan 8, 2008
NORTH MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) -- An off-duty Miami police officer has been found murdered in his car in North Miami Beach and now police are looking for a white Taurus which may be connected to the crime. 30-year old James Walker, who has been with the force since 2000, was found shot to death in his unmarked police car at 1801 Northeast 164th Street. "We don't know what trouble he got into but he got into trouble," Miami Police Lt. Bill Schwartz told CBS4's Sharrie Williams. Miami police said that Walker, who worked in the domestic violence division, had been cleared from duty at 11:00 p.m. Monday night and they are not sure why he was in North Miami Beach. "We don't know why he was here," said Lt. Schwartz... Walker was shot multiple times with a high-powered weapon... "His car had been filled with holes. The car was made into Swiss cheese"... Walker's ex-wife lived in the area where he was found, said John Randle, the detective's brother-in-law. "I don't know what he was doing in this alley," Randle told The Associated Press...
[Full article here]


  1. Funeral arrangements for Detective James Walker
    By Joel Marino | Sun-Sentinel.com
    January 8, 2008

    A public memorial service for Miami police Detective James Walker has been scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church, in Miami.

    Funeral services will be at the same church, 5946 NW 12th Avenue, at noon Saturday, according to the Rev. Raymond Carvil Sr., who has been helping Walker's family with the arrangements.

    "Right now they're looking for the plot where they're going to bury him," said Carvil, a retired policeman who is pastor at The Living Word Baptist Church in Opa-locka. "That's the hardest part. Here's when it starts to sink in that he's gone."


  2. Report: Arrest Made In Detective's Death
    21-Year-Old Arrested, Not Yet Charged, Newspaper Reports
    Local10.com, FL
    January 9, 2008
    NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Police have reportedly arrested a man in connection with the death of a Miami police detective who was found fatally shot inside a car in North Miami Beach early Tuesday morning. The Miami Herald is reporting that Ricardo Ajuste, 21, was arrested early Wednesday morning but has not yet been charged with Detective James Walker's death... Authorities believe Walker returned gunfire before he was killed. A spent shell casing was found in Walker's car and his gun was out of its holster, Local 10 has learned... Local 10 has learned Walker was visiting his ex-wife, who lives in the area...

    Mistaken identity a theory in officer's death
    A Miami police detective was shot and killed in his unmarked car while off duty. He is the fifth South Florida law enforcement officer shot dead since November 2006.
    Jan. 09, 2008
    Investigators said Tuesday they believe Miami Detective James Walker unknowingly drove his unmarked police car into a deadly case of mistaken identity. That was a principal theory that crystalized Tuesday night as investigators grilled street toughs, scoured a warzone-like crime scene and hunted for a white Ford Taurus just like the one Walker was driving... Investigators theorize that at least one AK-47-wielding man in the alleyway unleashed a hail of gunfire into a white Ford Taurus he believed belonged to an enemy who had stolen a gun from a friend. The men involved in the gun dispute are reputed members of a North Miami Beach gang known as One-Way... "Anytime a police officer gets gunned down, it's all hands on deck and so we are getting tremendous support from all over," Miami Police Chief John Timoney said Tuesday night...


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