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Filed charges in double shooting include tale of alcohol, arguing before alleged violence

Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 7:09 am

The probable-cause affidavit filed in the case of a double shooting earlier this week paints a picture of how a conversation with an ex-boyfriend, alcohol consumption and a subsequent argument could have taken place before two women were shot.

Formal charges have been filed against 34-year-old Stephen Dale Walker, who was arrested Thursday after allegedly leading Allen County Police Department officers on a foot and car pursuit that ended in a field. Walker is charged with Class B felony aggravated battery, two counts of Class C felony battery, and one count each of Class C and Class D felony criminal recklessness, in connection with an incident alleged to have taken place Monday evening.

Charges from the alleged pursuit are resisting law enforcement by fleeing on foot and resisting law enforcement by fleeing in a vehicle, criminal recklessness with a vehicle, receiving stolen auto parts and criminal mischief.

The probable-cause affidavit says that Tina Walker, Stephen Walker's wife, was one of the two women who was found in the area of Old Woods Drive and Green Meadows Drive suffering from gunshot wounds, was interviewed by an Allen County Police Department detective on Tuesday. She allegedly told the investigator that she and Stephen Walker were at a public library branch on Monday when Tina Walker engaged in conversation with an ex-boyfriend.

Tina Walker said that she noticed Stephen Walker's body language indicated that he was agitated and that they soon left the library branch; Stephen Walker began consuming alcohol at home and became more agitated. When Stephen Walker asked Tina Walker to sit with him and she repeatedly declined, which, according to the description in the affidavit, made Stephen Walker even more agitated and resulted in him "using hand gestures towards Tina and mimicked using a firearm towards her."

Tina Walker told the investigator that she told Stephen Walker to shoot her because she wasn't going to be scared of him anymore and that Stephen Walker then retrieved a handgun from a locked gun safe; she went to the kitchen and hid a steak knife up her sleeve. She then told her daughter that she might have to call the police and then went into her daughter's bedroom.

After more comments about the ex-boyfriend were reportedly made, Tina Walker told the investigator that Stephen Walker entered the bedroom and allegedly fired the weapon at her without warning, striking her three times. He then turned toward her daughter and allegedly pointed the gun at her head and fired; the daughter had raised her hands and the bullet reportedly struck a cell phone she was holding and redirected off a finger and down her arm.

Stephen Walker then left the bedroom and locked the front door, according to the affidavit; the daughter and Tina Walker were still able to escape but Tina Walker collapsed by the street, where she was given aid by witnesses. Stephen Walker reportedly left the scene in a car, witnesses told Allen County Police, and he nearly struck another vehicle while leaving.

Tina Walker sustained at least two gunshot wounds to the chest, causing two areas of arterial bleeding and a collapsed lung. Another bullet grazed her across the chest and she was diagnosed with a rib fracture. Her daughter was treated for a gunshot wound to a finger and two other contusions.

Stephen Walker was allegedly spotted by an Allen County officer at around 11:40 a.m. Thursday at the Dupont Estates trailer park. Walker, according to information released previously, led officers on a chase by foot, then got into a vehicle and left, where he was reportedly spotted on Diebold Road in a blue Lexus.

Walker then led officers on a vehicle pursuit, driving into the parking lot of a movie theater, where he reportedly struck an Allen County Police vehicle with his car, then drove through a fence and into a field off Diebold Road.

Walker was taken into custody at that location; neither he nor and members of law enforcement were injured.