Justin D. Walters, an active duty Army infantryman, is accused of s fatally shooting his wife and a state trooper to death.
32-year-old Walters reportedly killed Nichole V. Walters, 27, and trooper Joel R. Davis, a married father of three. The double murder occurred on July 9, and Walters, surrendered at the scene in Theresa, New York.
Gunfire erupted at a Theresa the couple purchased two years ago, about 80 miles north of Syracuse, just before 8 p.m. Sunday.
Trooper Joel Davis, 36, was shot while approaching the home. He was rushed to the Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, where he died.
Davis who joined the force in 2013, is survived by his wife and three children.
Justin Walters surrendered without fuss to cops after he allegedly shot his wife Nichole Walters and state trooper Joel Davis on July 9
The suspected shooter surrendered to police and was identified as Justin Walters, an active-duty soldier stationed at Fort Drum in Jefferson County, according to state police.
Police said Walters’ wife, Nichole Walters, was also found dead at the rural property. A second female victim was found shot and wounded with minor injuries, at the scene.
According to CBS News, “A woman whose family lived near the Walters’ white double-wide trailer went outside after the first shots, and suffered a gunshot wound in the upper torso,” local paper The Watertown Daily Times reported.
The woman who lives on the Walter’s property “ was shot, in the upper torso. She was home alone but lives in a shed on the property with a man and child,” CBS reported.
Nichole Walters was shot and killed by her husband Justin during a domestic dispute on July 9
Justin and Nicole celebrate the birth of their son and their sixth anniversary in 2014
New York Governor. Cuomo acknowledged the trooper’s death in the line of duty early Monday.
Trooper Davis served as a member of the New York State Police for four years and his death is yet another sad reminder of the risks law enforcement officers face each day in order to protect our communities and serve the residents of this great state,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Davis is the second law enforcement officer killed in less than a week in the state. Minutes after midnight on July 5, a gunman shot and killed Officer Miosotis Familia, a 13-year veteran of the NYPD, as she sat in a mobile command post in the Bronx.
A wake is slated for today and her funeral is tomorrow.
Prior to Sunday’s debacle, the picture presented was one of domestic bliss in the Walters household.
Nicole posted a loved up shot in Facebook in 2014: “My little monkey turned one month today along with Justin and mines six year anniversary (sic) wow where does the time go very special day for my little family I love both of them so much.”
Not to be outdone, in In 2015, Justin wrote under a photo of a small boy, “I miss my little dude!” He wrote alongside one photo of Nichole: “Sexy!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Suspect Justin Walters and his son.
Victim: State trooper Joel Davis was shot and killed as he responded to a domestic dispute call at the Theresa, upstate NY on Sunday evening
Davis is the 23rd member of the New York State Police to die in the line of duty since 2006.
“We will never forget Trooper Davis, his dedicated service and his ultimate sacrifice. He will be missed by his family, friends and fellow Troopers,” PBA President Thomas H. Mungeer said. “Trooper Davis’s death underscores the dangers faced by Troopers and law enforcement officers every day.”
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, “The death of Trooper Joel Davis is a terrible loss for all of New York. Trooper Davis was doing his job — protecting the community he serves. His family and loved ones, as well as the State Police, are in my thoughts.”