'Person of interest' in Detroit barbershop triple-murder now charged with assault on federal officer

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Larry O'Neil Walker, 31, who has been called a "person of interest" in the deadly shooting at a barbershop on Detroit's east side, has now been charged in federal court with Felonious Assault on a Federal Officer.

Hours after three men were killed and six others wounded inside Al's Place Barbershop on the 5200 block of E. 7 Mile, Walker was arrested in Rochester Hills wearing a bulletproof vest.

Detroit Police officers and FBI agents in Detroit's Violent Crime Task Force went to Rochester Hills looking for Walker. The "person of interest" in the shooting has relatives there including his mother.

Investigators conducted surveillance on various vehicles and locations connected to Walker. That's when one of his relatives tells 7 Action News that Walker's mother notified him that it appeared they were being followed.

This was several hours after the shooting in Detroit and when Walker drove a minivan up to the vehicle he believed had been following his mother, he began to pursue the FBI agent who was behind the wheel.

In court documents, investigators say that Walker "pursued and attempted to ram the rear bumpers and rear quarter panels" of the agent's vehicle.

Members of the Violent Crime Task Force eventually stopped Walker and identified themselves as police officers.

Investigators say Walker yelled out, "I don't (expletive) care if you are the police, no one chases my mamma."

Walker was arrested and charged for allegedly assaulting the federal officer with his vehicle.

Police sources say Walker could go from being just a person of interest in the barbershop murders to the suspected shooter, but the investigation is continuing.

7 Action News has learned that Walker has a lengthy criminal history that, according to online records, includes a conviction in Ohio for drug trafficking. In Michigan, Walker's crimes include Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

In December 2011, Walker was stopped by Michigan State Police and found to be wearing body armor. We're told he was charged with felon in possession of body armor, but the case ended with a guilty plea to a misdemeanor and $275 in fines and court costs.

in 2006, a jury found Walker not guilty of Assault with Intent to Commit Murder. And in 2003, Walker was found not guilty in an armed robbery case.

7 Action News reached Walker's defense attorney Carla Renee Marable by phone. All she would say is that she is Walker's attorney.

Walker is set to appear again in federal court for a detention hearing on Tuesday.



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