PAINESVILLE: Fugitive arrested for fatal shooting at family gathering

PAINESVILLE: Fugitive arrested for fatal shooting at family gathering
Walter Tate aka Pookie (U.S. Marshals)
Walter Tate aka Pookie (U.S. Marshals)

Painesville Police announce that the 4th of July murder suspect, Walter Delon Tate, has been taken into custody by the U.S. Marshall Service Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team in Detroit, Michigan.

PAINESVILLE, OH (WOIO) - Tate was wanted for the shooting death of one of his family members.

According to authorities, Tate shot 37-year-old James Brown after an argument at a family party on Hine Avenue.

The US Marshals' led "Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force", which includes the Painesville Police Department, had been searching for Tate since the incident.

Investigators discovered that Tate fled to the Detroit area shortly after the homicide, where he has extensive family ties.

After weeks of investigation, task force members discovered that Tate's friends and family were

throwing a birthday party for him at an unknown location in a west side neighborhood.

After canvassing the area, birthday signs and balloons led officers to the exact address where the task force would find Tate.

Tate will remain in custody until his extradition hearing.

"If you commit crime in this City, we are going to pursue after you for as long as it takes. We are going to use every resource we can to bring you to justice. This is a great City, and I want to put offenders on notice that violent crime will not be tolerated in the City of Painesville," warns Chief Anthony Powalie.

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