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Man allegedly at scene of shootout with Falls cop is charged with drug dealing

LOCKPORT – Charles L. Walker, who is accused of being the scene of a Feb. 4 confrontation that led to an exchange of gunfire between another man and a Niagara Falls detective, was arraigned on an unrelated drug indictment Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Walker, 21, of Willow Avenue, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of third-degree sale and possession of a controlled substance, and single counts of fourth- and fifth-degree possession. Assistant District Attorney Laura T. Bittner said Walker sold crack cocaine to a police informant in Niagara Falls on Nov. 18 and Dec. 1. He also was arrested after a Sept. 26 car stop, when police found 9 grams of suspected crack cocaine, but that case remains in Niagara Falls City Court, Bittner said.

She told County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III that Walker was the man who had a gun in his waistband while walking with Carl N. Lightfoot, 34, on Highland Avenue on Feb. 4. Detectives, looking for Lightfoot after receiving a tip that he was armed, said the other man struggled with one of the officers and then locked himself in a nearby deli. Lightfoot ran and fired a shot at the detective chasing him, who fired two shots back, authorities said. No one was hit. Lightfoot has been indicted on attempted murder charges.

Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Thursday that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Walker with anything in that case. Murphy ordered Walker jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail on the drug charges.