Convicted cop killer arrested on drug and weapons charges

By Terri Hill | December 7, 2018

Pittsburgh police arrested a man who was convicted in the 1996 shooting death of a police officer, who was wanted on multiple drug and gun charges on Dec. 6, 2018.

Zone 5 plainclothes officers took 40-year-old Tyrek Jrevae Booker into custody after watching him drive a vehicle past a stop sign and not stop at the intersection of Lemington Avenue and Oberlin Street around 7:41 p.m.

Just after turning on their emergency lights the officers saw Booker reach towards the driver’s side floorboard as he stopped his car on Gladefield Street next to Chadwick Park.

Booker was placed under arrest when officers smelled marijuana in his car and observed partially burned marijuana cigarettes in the ashtray and center console container, police alleged in a criminal complaint.

A search of Booker’s vehicle revealed several bags of crack cocaine, a bag of suspected powder cocaine, bags of marijuana, a digital scale, and a firearm along with bullets.

Crack cocaine and marijuana was also found on Booker.

Booker, who goes by several aliases has an extensive criminal history and was  convicted in 1996 of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Sgt. James “Rip” Taylor, during an argument outside Taylor’s home.

He is charged with multiple counts of drug possession, possession with intent to deliver, and gun charges.

Booker is in the Allegheny County Jail pending a Dec. 19 preliminary hearing.

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