Police: Soldier fatally shoots New York trooper, wife

By Ed Adamczyk Contact the Author   |  July 10, 2017 at 8:09 AM
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July 10 (UPI) -- An active duty soldier shot and killed his wife and a New York State Trooper who responded to a domestic dispute, police said.

The incident occurred Sunday evening in the town of Teresa, N.Y., in the northern part of the state near the Canadian border. Officer Joel R. Davis, 36, responded to reports of shots fired with a home, and was shot when he arrived. He died early Monday in a local hospital.

State Police Superintendent George Beach II described the suspect, Justin Walters, 32, as an "active-duty army infantryman stationed at Fort Drum."

Walters surrendered after additional police arrived. Walters' wife, Nicole Walters, 27, was found dead of a gunshot wound at the property, but it was unclear when she was shot. The couple lived in a trailer on the property. A second woman, who lived in another building on the property, was also shot but police said her injuries were not life-threatening.

Walters, wearing only shorts, was arrested and arraigned in court early Sunday in LeRay, N.Y. Since he was without a lawyer, the end of the arraignment was postponed and will continue on Monday.

Trooper Davis was a four-year veteran of the New York State Police. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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