Man accused in tragic murder of toddler son arrives at Muscogee Co. Jail

Published: Sep. 18, 2023 at 9:48 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2023 at 3:37 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - A manhunt has ended in the arrest of a father accused of killing his 4-year-old son and critically injuring the child’s mother in an early morning south Columbus apartment shooting.

Law officials say on Sept. 18, slightly after 8 a.m., officers responded to reports of a shooting at Liberty Commons Apartments on North Lumpkin Road. When police arrived on the scene, a woman was found suffering from gunshot wounds. Another victim, who was identified as her son, Jacquese Walker, Jr., was found soon after and pronounced dead at the scene just before 9 a.m.

During the Violent Crimes Unit’s investigation, the child’s father, 35-year-old Jacquese Antwan Walker, Sr., was developed as a suspect. He is wanted for murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Jacquese Walker, Sr.
Jacquese Walker, Sr.(Source: Columbus Police Department)

The mother of the child remains in the hospital in critical condition.

Jacquese Walker, Sr. arrived at Muscogee County Jail hours after his capture
Jacquese Walker, Sr. arrived at Muscogee County Jail hours after his capture(Source: WTVM)

It is unclear where Walker, Sr. was captured. However, he was taken into custody on Sept. 19 around 6:30 p.m. and is scheduled to appear in Recorder’s Court on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 9 a.m. He will be held at the Muscogee County Jail until his hearing.