Another AK story on the "down side" ~sigh~ LEO KIA --- Awwww crud!

Another AK story on the "down side" ~sigh~ LEO KIA --- Awwww crud!

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    AK-47 recovered from scene of police death
    Posted on Tue, Jan. 08, 2008

    By DAVID OVALLE, ADAM H. BEASLEY AND MARTIN MERZER
    mmerzer@MiamiHerald.com

    COURTESY OF WSVN
    Miami Detective James Walker of the domestic violence unit was shot to death early Tuesday in North Miami Beach.

    Officer is 5th shot dead since '06
    Motorcycle cop hurt escorting slain detective


    Investigators recovered an AK-47 assault rifle and more than 30 bullet casings Tuesday as they pressed ahead with their search for the killer or killers of an off-duty Miami detective, the latest in a ghastly series of officer slayings in South Florida.

    Detective James Walker was shot multiple times and killed early Tuesday while sitting in an unmarked police car outside his ex-wife's apartment near Northeast 164th Street and 18th Avenue in North Miami Beach.

    The circumstances of his death were unknown, though some investigators speculated that he might have inadvertently interrupted a drug deal or some sort of dispute.

    One or more of his assailants remain at large, police said, though at least three people were being questioned in the case and officers removed one box and one bag of material -- possibly evidence -- from a house in Northeast Miami-Dade County.

    ''There's no place for a cop killer to hide,'' said Lt. Bill Schwartz, a spokesman for the Miami Police Department. ``We want to make it clear that anyone who assists a cop killer is liable.''

    As the sun dimmed on another tragic day for South Florida's law enforcement community, police divers searched a canal near the shooting site for another possible weapon.

    Other officers exchanged high fives and hugs as they left a house on Northeast 151 Street after spending hours inside and removing a box and a bag of material.

    A neighbor said he believed two men -- apparently friends of the occupants of that house -- were taken away by police Tuesday morning for questioning in the case. That report could not be immediately confirmed.

    At the same time, police sought a white Ford Taurus that might be connected to the shooting.

    They said the right rear side of the car, a model built in 2001 or later, has bullet holes and possibly other damage. They urged anyone who might see the car not to approach it but rather to immediately report the sighting to police.

    Walker was believed to have returned fire, fighting for his life. One witness reported hearing four volleys and a total of 17 shots. The officer's car was riddled by bullets and a trail of blood led from the scene.

    ''He got off work at 11 o'clock and by 12:50, he found himself in the middle of hell,'' Schwartz said.

    After hours of investigation, the detective's body was removed from his car, placed on a gurney marked by an American flag, loaded into a fire rescue ambulance and ceremoniously driven -- the fallen officer's colleagues lined up and saluting -- to the medical examiner's office.

    Walker was the fifth South Florida officer shot dead since November 2006. Four others have been shot and wounded during the last five months.

    ''What a way to start the new year,'' said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle.

    Walker was 30 and was hired by the department in August 2000. He lived in Miramar until August, when he moved to an apartment in Pembroke Pines. His middle name: Merry.

    ''He's a good person, a caring person,'' said John Randle, the officer's brother-in-law. ``I don't know a single bad thing to say about him.''

    One of the three people being questioned by police one found wounded in the arm about a block from the shooting, officers said. The wounded person was discovered by a passerby and taken to a nearby police station.

    ''We're talking to him right now,'' Schwartz said. ``He may just be an innocent bystander.''

    Squads of heavily armed officers from the city of Miami and North Miami Beach, including some canine units, searched the area for suspects and clues.

    ''We'll do whatever it takes to find out exactly what happened here,'' said Frank Fernandez, assistant chief of the Miami Police Department. ``It's a difficult crime scene.''

    Schwartz implored anybody who comes into contact with another wounded man or woman to alert police immediately. The Miami chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police said it would offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

    ''We're going to talk to all our sources, whether they be good citizens or rotten citizens,'' Schwartz said.

    Several investigators told The Miami Herald they believed that Walker was visiting his estranged wife, Katinah, and might have come upon a crime as it was being committed.

    The alley behind that apartment is known for drug sales, police said, and investigators are exploring the possibility that Walker might have driven into a dispute or that his shooting was a case of mistaken identity.

    ''He was not on a case this morning, but you never know for sure,'' Schwartz said. ``Anything and everything is possible.''

    Dalia Nagneen, 29, who lives in an apartment overlooking the scene of the shooting, said she was asleep about 12:45 a.m. when she heard six rounds, then four rounds, then four rounds, then three -- a total of 17 shots.

    She looked out the window and saw two men running away, followed by a third man who carried a rifle and was wearing a black T-shirt. As that man ran, the rifle struck several cars, activating the alarms on one or two.

    ''The man with the rifle saw me,'' Nagneen said.

    Police recovered a Romanian-made AK-47 from the scene.

    Bullet holes in Walker's unmarked police car -- also a white Taurus, which carried a yellow police tag -- indicated that a high powered weapon was used in the shooting, Schwartz said.

    ''A lot of rounds, a lot of [bullet] casings,'' Schwartz said. ``Obviously, whoever did this had the firepower. Multiple bullet holes.''

    Said Rundle: ``It's so infuriating. We've been saying this over and over about these assault killing machines. It's putting our officers at risk and our citizens at risk.''

    A high school friend of Walker's who arrived to pay his respects said the detective was an honors student who graduated from Jackson High School and grew up in Allapattah.

    ''Real smart kid,'' Levi Fuller, 29, said. ``Always real quiet.''

    At Walker's parents' neatly landscaped, one-story home in Allapattah, about 10 uniformed officers could be seen coming and going, offering condolences to the family.

    Schwartz said Walker worked most recently with the domestic violence unit.

    ''In 2007, South Florida saw an unprecedented number of police officers killed in a short period of time,'' Schwartz said. ``Although he was off duty when this happened, a police officer is never off duty.''

    Last year, two Broward County sheriff's deputies were shot and killed in separate incidents. In September, one Miami-Dade officer was killed and three were wounded in a shootout with a suspect. In November 2006, another BSO officer was shot and killed.

    ''We're all law enforcement,'' said Tonya Cheever, a Miami-Dade County corrections officer who had a piece of black tape across her badge. ``It touches everyone. The streets have become unsafe for law enforcement.''

    Herald staff writers Evan S. Benn, Erika Beras, Tim Chapman, Trenton Daniel, Casey Frank, Jennifer Lebovich and Larry Lebowitz contributed to this report.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExSoldier View Post

    Police recovered a Romanian-made AK-47 from the scene.

    Bullet holes in Walker's unmarked police car -- also a white Taurus, which carried a yellow police tag -- indicated that a high powered weapon was used in the shooting, Schwartz said.

    ''A lot of rounds, a lot of [bullet] casings,'' Schwartz said. ``Obviously, whoever did this had the firepower. Multiple bullet holes.''

    Said Rundle: ``It's so infuriating. We've been saying this over and over about these assault killing machines. It's putting our officers at risk and our citizens at risk.''
    Yep... lets blame the gun. Here we go again.

    Now... I am terribly sorry for the officer here... but I gotta wonder, why was he there? What was really going on there at his "estranged wifes house" that he would go there right after work. And its a rough area they claim to know already... just gotta be some more to this story.

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    This is horrible. It's horrible for the fallen officer, for his family, for his coworkers, and for the (good) citizens. The reason for his being at the scene is moot as far as I'm concerned. The only reason it would matter is if he was up to no good. The weapon(s) used are unimportant as well. The only issues are the people that pulled the trigger.

    I sure hope they find the killers involved, and I sure hope the ******** resist arrest.
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    Blame the gun, I saw it. It jumped up and just started shooting for no reason. Find the killer, find his friends , his family and his dog. Execute them all. Sounds bad I know. Maybe leave the dog out of it.
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    Hey, it's not gun control...it's called 'criminal control'...
    Get it straight...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lacrosse50 View Post
    ... The reason for his being at the scene is moot as far as I'm concerned....

    ...The only reason it would matter is if he was up to no good....
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    He drove into a situation where some gang banger punk that was shooting up some guys car that was with a girl the GBer punk had been out with earlier. He intervened, even though he was off duty and was murdered by this POS. They already arrested the shooter and are looking for accomplices.

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    JJ - do you have a link to the follow up story(s)?
    A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.

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    Detective James Walker was shot multiple times and killed early Tuesday while sitting in an unmarked police car outside his ex-wife's apartment near Northeast 164th Street and 18th Avenue in North Miami Beach.
    Hmmm..... either the ex lives in a really crappy part of town, or there may be something more to this.

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    A police officer decides to visit his ex-wife in a bad part of town after midnight...hmmm, I think when civilians do that, it's called harassment or stalking. Maybe my opinion will change as we find out more information...I am just betting if he wasn't an off duty police officer, the media would have spinned this far differently.
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    Set-up by an ex? Seen it happen, just with a slightly different weapon. Just some strange coincidences here, would love to see the link telling the story and watch this one.
    Hey, Berney, I used to visit an ex GF in a bad part of town...maybe two. It's not stalking if they call and say come over, is it?
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    sheepdog,
    I don't think so...but my ex's are all crazy(if they weren't crazy they wouldn't be ex's)
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    To many tin foil hat theories going on, here's a link
    They have been reporting that the apartment complex is infested with the gang/ drug dealing

    Suspect named in death of police officer - 01/10/2008 - MiamiHerald.com

    Suspect named in death of police officer
    Police have identified a 21-year-old reputed gang member as 'the prime suspect' in the killing of Miami police detective James Walker. They are holding him on related charges.
    Posted on Thu, Jan. 10, 2008

    BY DAVID OVALLE
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    Investigators believe Ricardo Ajuste opened fire on a couple in a black Impala and shortly afterward may have shot at Walker's white, unmarked police Ford Taurus.
    Investigators believe Ricardo Ajuste opened fire on a couple in a black Impala and shortly afterward may have shot at Walker's white, unmarked police Ford Taurus.

    Hiding an AK-47 in his clothes, reputed gang member Ricardo Ajuste lurked around a North Miami Beach neighborhood to settle a dispute over a stolen gun -- and ended up killing a city of Miami detective, police charged Wednesday.

    Shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday, Ajuste came across a couple parked in a black Impala near Northeast 164th Street and 18th Avenue and ''suddenly, without warning,'' according to police, fired several bullets. The shots missed the woman but wounded the unidentified man in the arm.

    Police say that moments later, Ajuste, with the high-powered weapon still in his hands, fired off several more rounds into a Ford Taurus that had pulled up in a nearby alleyway, killing the driver.

    Inside the unmarked car was Miami police detective James Walker, 30. He had just finished his afternoon shift and had come to visit his estranged wife.

    ''He was my world. My life. My world has been taken from me,'' Katinah Boursiquot, Walker's wife of nine years, said Wednesday.

    Police on Wednesday charged Ajuste, 21, with two attempted murder charges in the attack on the unnamed couple and named him a ''prime suspect'' in Walker's shooting death.

    ''We're waiting for results of police science -- ballistics and fingerprints -- to confirm that,'' said Miami Lt. Bill Schwartz, a spokesman.

    ''The specifics of the exchange are still under investigation,'' Schwartz said. ``However, we feel certain that finding himself in the middle of hell, Detective Walker took police action.

    SHOOTING DENIED

    ''When he was found, he was slumped over the wheel of his unmarked police vehicle with his service Glock in his hand, and it had been fired,'' Schwartz said.

    Ajuste admitted he was in the area but denied shooting at anyone, according to an arrest report by Detective Michael Stein.

    Ajuste was booked into Miami-Dade County Jail at 2:57 a.m.

    NO BOND

    Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mindy Glazer ordered Ajuste held without bond Wednesday on the attempted murder charges.

    Ajuste, who stands five-feet-six, weighs 150 pounds and sports a ''1-way'' tattoo on his neck, has logged 18 previous arrests in Miami-Dade, mostly on small-time charges such as marijuana possession, trespassing and loitering and prowling, according to court records. Police say he is a member of a street gang known as One-Way.

    Before Wednesday's arrest, Ajuste had been out on bond for an unrelated case of driving with a suspended license.

    Police on Wednesday were chasing more leads and conducting more interviews, trying to see if anyone else might have been involved in the shootings -- more than 30 shell casings were found.

    Detectives believe Ajuste discarded the Romanian-made AK-47-style rifle in the alleyway. They also theorize that Walker's death may have been a case of mistaken identity: Another white Taurus, which Ajuste may have believed was driven by an enemy, had reportedly been seen in the area.

    POLICE RESPONSE

    North Miami Beach officers heard gunfire and rushed to the scene.

    The first to find Walker inside the Taurus was Officer David Foy. Officer Christie Coffey, after talking to witnesses, then issued a bulletin describing the gunman clad in black.

    Officer Karl Anderson, west of the alleyway, collared Ajuste and detained him.

    ''The good police work on this case began with the patrol officers who rushed to the scene,'' said North Miami Beach Sgt. Warren Hardison, a spokesman.

    The case was assigned to senior detectives Stein and Rich Rand, who are working closely with Miami homicide detectives.

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