In the town of Theresa, near the Canadian border, US Army soldier is accused of shooting and killing his wife and a New York State Trooper who was responding to a domestic dispute call
Justin Walters (32) surrendered without resistance after killing his wife and the trooper on Sunday night, said George P. Beach II, New York State Superintendent.
Beach said, 36-year old Trooper Joel Davis was responding to a call of shots just after 8pm. He was shot as he approached the home to investigate the call.
Nichole Walters, Walter’s 27-year old wife was found dead at the scene. Police have yet to share their findings on the investigation.
Stationed at Fort Drum, State police say that Walters is an active duty US Army infantryman. It is still unclear if Walters has appointed an attorney. It is also unclear as to the motive behind the actions.
Trooper Davis, hailing from Evan Mills, graduated from the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy May 29, 2013. He was originally meant to start at the Troop D Watertown barracks, before he received his current assignment to the State Police barracks in Philadelphia.
He is survived by three children and his grieving wife.
“The entire New York family grieves” for Davis, said New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo in a statement early Monday morning.
“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 faces each day in order to protect our communities and serve the residents of this great state.” the Democratic governor said while urging New Yorkers to keep Davis’ family, friends and colleagues in their thoughts and prayers.