New York State Trooper Shot, Killed

Jul 10, 2017

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - A New York State trooper was shot and killed after responding to a call Sunday night at a home in Jefferson County, according to State Police. 


In a statement, State Police Superintendent George Beach says 36-year-old trooper Joel Davis responded to a domestic dispute with shots fired just after 8 p.m. Sunday at a home along County Route 46 in the Town of Theresa. When Davis approached the home, he was shot and killed. 

The suspect, 32-year-old Justin Walters, also allegedly killed his wife, 27-year-old Nichole Walters. State Police have not said if Davis was shot and killed before or after Nichole Walters was killed. A second woman, who live in another home on the property, was also shot. Police say she was shot when she went outside after hearing gunshots. She was taken to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown. 

State Police say Walters, who is an active duty U.S. Army infantryman stationed at Fort Drum, put down his weapon and surrendered without further incident when more officers arrived on the scene. 

According to WWNY-TV, Walters appeared in Town of Leray court this morning. He was charged with first and second-degree murder. He's being held without bail. 

Davis was a State Trooper for four years. He is survived by his wife and three children. 

Statement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the death of Trooper Joel Davis

The entire New York family grieves today for Trooper Joel Davis, who was shot and killed in the line of duty Sunday night in Theresa, Jefferson County. 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. I ask all New Yorkers to keep Trooper Davis' family, loved ones and colleagues in the state police in their prayers during this incredibly difficult time.