Police recover handgun in investigation of Columbus officer accused of murder

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A handgun was found in the truck a Columbus police officer crashed in Harris County on Saturday night after he was accused of shooting to death a local paramedic, Police Chief Ricky Boren said.

Kelly Levinsohn was found shot to death after 8 p.m. at a Pratt Avenue residence, police said. Sgt. William Talley is facing murder charges in what police are calling a “domestic” situation.

Boren did not say what kind of gun it was but said it will be sent to the state crime lab for ballistic analysis. It has not been determined if the weapon was used in the shooting death, Boren said.

The gun was not the property of the police department, according to the chief.

Talley remains in the Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown campus Intensive Care Unit with injuries suffered in a crash Saturday night, Chief Ricky Boren said.

Talley is in a guarded room, Boren said. The police sergeant was listed in critical condition Sunday. Boren said he did not know if that condition had changed on Monday. In a recent policy change, Piedmont no longer releases condition reports on patients.

Talley, 51, had been on the police department since July 2002. He worked in the patrol division.

Boren said the investigation is proceeding like other homicide investigations.

“You don’t treat this different than any other murder,” Boren said. “We are following the same policy and procedures we do for any similar case.”

Talley is married. 

“I know he and the victim had a friendship, but I don’t know the nature of that relationship,” Boren said.

At the time Columbus police were investigating Levinsohn’s death, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office was working a vehicle crash at the top of Exit 30 on I-185. Talley was driving the truck and was taken to Piedmont Columbus Regional for his injuries.

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