Man arrested after domestic dispute turns deadly

By: Brendan Losinski | Warren Weekly | Published June 10, 2019

 Walter Franklin

Walter Franklin

WARREN — At press time, the Warren Police Department was investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at about 3 a.m. on May 31.

Police said the shooting occurred in the 11200 block of Hupp Avenue, near Nine Mile and Hoover roads, and arose out of an apparent domestic dispute. The victim was reportedly shot once in the stomach and died about seven hours later at a local hospital.

According to police, the suspect is Walter Calvin Franklin, 41, and the victim is Djuan Omar Ramsey, 30.

“They lived together at the house on Hupp,” Warren Police Department Lt. John Barnes said. “We were called by the shooter, who said he was assaulted by the victim and said there was a gun on the floor. Then he said he shot his boyfriend. We arrived on the scene, began investigating and transported the victim to the hospital. We also recovered an AR-15 rifle.”

Barnes said the suspect had some previous domestic disturbance-related issues in the past.

“He had some domestic incidents in the past, but no convictions we are aware of,” he said. “It looked to be an isolated incident regarding these two individuals. The offender is being held without bond, and the weapon was recovered, so there’s no danger to the neighborhood or community.”

Franklin was arraigned June 3 in the 37th District Court. He was charged with one count of murder — second degree, one count of manslaughter and two counts of felony firearm. He is being held without bond.

His next court dates are a probable cause conference scheduled for June 11, after press time, and a preliminary exam scheduled for 8:45 a.m. June 18.

Franklin’s attorney, Brent Jaffe, did not respond to requests for comment prior to publication.