FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The man arrested on Thursday after evading police for days was officially charged on Friday.
According to court documents, Stephen Dale Walker, 34, shot his wife Tina Walker and his step-daughter at their home on Monday evening after Tina had had a brief conversation with an ex-boyfriend at the Dupont branch of the Allen County Public Library.
Tina Walker gave details of the encounter with the ex-boyfriend and the subsequent shooting in an interview with an Allen County Police Department detective while still in the hospital.
She told the detective that Stephen Walker had become agitated after witnessing the conversation and the two went back to their home located in the Dupont Estates trailer park.
Tina Walker told the detective that after returning home, Stephen Walker began drinking rum and became even more agitated. He asked Tina to sit next to him on a couch and she refused. That's when Stephen made gestures that mimicked using a gun.
Stephen then got up and got a gun from a safe inside a bedroom while Tina went to the kitchen and hid a steak knife in her sleeve. Both returned to the living room where Stephen started showing off the gun. He then put the gun in his pocket and that's when Tina went to her daughter's bedroom, thinking he wouldn't shoot her in the presence of another person.
According to the probably cause affidavit, Stephen Walker entered the bedroom and stood about 12 inches from Tina when he shot her three times. Tina had been sitting on the edge of the bed and she fell to the floor. He then shot the step-daughter who had been sitting on the floor. The bullet struck her cell-phone and finger before hitting her arm. Stephen left the room and the step-daughter fled to find help. Tina followed a short time after and collapsed in the street. Stephen then took off in his car.
Both the step-daughter and Tina Walker were hospitalized for their injuries.
During the interview with the detective, Tina Walker told of an extensive history of physical, mental and sexual abuse.
Stephen Walker faces seven felony charges and and three misdemeanors for the shootings.
The charges are below:
- Aggravated Battery: knowingly or intentionally inflicts injury on a person, class B felony
- Battery Committed by Means of a Deadly Weapon or Resulting in SBI (serious bodily injury), class C felony
- Battery Committed by Means of a Deadly Weapon or Resulting in SBI, class C felony
- Criminal Recklessness-Use of Deadly Weapon and Inflicts SBI on Another, class C felony
- Criminal Recklessness (defn armed w/ deadly weapon), class D felony
- Receiving Stolen Auto Parts, class D felony
- Resisting Law Enforcement/Use of Vehicle to Commit Offense, class D felony
- Criminal Recklessness - Conduct Includes Use of Vehicle, class A misdemeanor
- Resisting Law Enforcement, class A misdemeanor
- Criminal Mischief - Pecuniary Loss At Least $250 But Less Than $2,500, class A misdemeanor
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