This week’s mid week Crime of the week, focuses on a homicide that took place in Columbus OH, on December 19, 2022.


Barker crime of the week

Mid Week Crime of the week
For Release: March 8th, 2023

This week’s mid week Crime of the week, focuses on a homicide that took place in Columbus OH, on December 19, 2022. The homicide occurred at 2026 N. 4th St, Columbus Ohio.

On December 19, 2022, at 12:36am, Columbus Police responded to the 2000 block of N 4th St on a report of a shooting. Upon arrival they discovered three victims suffering from gunshot wounds. The location was a rental property where a party was being held. Witnesses claim the shots were fired into the house from the outside. Multiple vehicles were observed leaving the scene. Officers arrived at the scene and located the first victim, Talon-Dre M. L. Barker. Mr. Barker was lying on the kitchen floor, suffering from a gunshot wound. Mr. Barker was transported to OSU Medical Center in critical condition. The second victim was also located in the kitchen, and was shot in the chest area and was transported to Grant Medical Center, also in critical condition. The third victim was treated at the scene for a gunshot wound to his hand. Unfortunately, Mr. Barker did not survive his injuries and was later pronounced deceased. The other victims have recovered from their injuries. If anyone has information on the suspect/suspects involved, please contact Central Ohio Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to our website at and submit your tip. You may also submit a tip by downloading our new free P3 Tips mobile app available on the iOS and Android platforms. We are no longer taking tips via text message.

All tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous. Crime Stoppers does not use Caller ID or record telephone conversations. A special coding system protects the identity of the caller. Crime Stoppers also takes calls from persons with information about any felony. Information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of a felony suspect could qualify the caller for a reward as determined by the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors. For more information on Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, visit our website at

Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. Reward money comes from private individuals, businesses, and foundations that see Crime Stoppers as an integral tool in the community’s fight against crime. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Central Ohio Crime Stopper’s, Inc., and P.O. BOX 16038, COLUMBUS, OH 43216-6038.

Watch for the depiction of each “Crime of the Week” during newscasts on WCMH NBC 4, Sunday morning 7a.m., 9 a.m. and at 6 p.m., as well as Monday 11 a.m. Also watch for the depiction to be aired on WBNS 10TV, WSYX ABC 6, WTTE FOX 28, and featured in The Columbus Dispatch every Monday.