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Officer Down: Detective James Walker - [Miami, Florida]
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Age: 30 Cause of Death: Gunfire Incident Details: Detective James Walker was shot and killed while attempting to take police action against a suspect who had just opened fire on a vehicle with an AK-47 rifle at approximately 1:00 am.
Detective Walker had gotten off duty approximately two hours earlier and had gone to a neighborhood in North Miami Beach to visit his former spouse. While in the area he came across the shooting in progress and attempted to take action. He exchanged shots with the suspect but was fatally wounded while still in his unmarked vehicle.
The suspect, a known gang member, was taken into custody later in the day.
Additional Information: Detective Walker had served with the Miami Police Department for 8 years and was assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit.
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Miami police detective found shot in car
By The Associated Press
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — A Miami city police officer was found shot to death in his unmarked patrol car early Tuesday, authorities said.
Miami police Detective James Walker, 30, was found in an alley by North Miami Beach officers responding to reports of shots fired around 12:30 a.m., said Miami police spokesman Lt. Bill Schwartz.
Police were searching for a suspect, following blood trails leading from Walker's car. He apparently had been shot with a high-powered weapon, Schwartz said.
''His car had been filled with holes,'' Schwartz said.
Walker went off-duty around 11 p.m. Monday. It's not clear what he was doing in North Miami Beach.
Walker had been a member of the Miami police since 2000, and had been working with the department's domestic violence unit.
North Miami Beach police referred calls to the Miami police department.
Walker's death is the fourth fatal shooting of a South Florida officer in the past six months. A Miami-Dade police officer was fatally shot in shootout with a suspect in September. One Broward sheriff's deputy was fatally shot in August while looking for stolen vehicles behind a drug store, and another was shot with his own weapon while transporting an inmate to court in November.
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