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Slain Virginia officer was former Marine, father of 3

Slain Virginia officer was former Marine, father of 3

Authorities say 45-year-old Special Agent Michael T. Walter was shot Friday after he and a City of Richmond police officer approached a vehicle parked on a street in a public housing project.

Ball, who is being held without bond, is charged with one count of malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Additional charges are pending, officials said.

An arrest has been made after the fatal shooting of a Virginia State Police special agent in Richmond. The State Police and U.S. Marshals apprehended Travis A. Ball, 27, of Richmond, Va., at a residence in Northumberland County shortly after 6 a.m.Saturday (May 27).

According to Geller's release, at 7:25 p.m. Friday, a Richmond police officer and the state police and Special Agent observed a auto pull up to the curb and park the wrong way in the 1900 block of Redd Street.

According to police, Walter and a Richmond officer approached a vehicle that had pulled up to the curb. The Richmond officer was talking to the driver when suddenly Walter, who approached the passenger side of the auto, was shot, according to VSP.

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A Richmond man is now in custody after an overnight search by local, state and federal law enforcement. The Richmond police officer was in uniform and was driving a marked Richmond police SUV. A handgun was recovered at the scene.

Walter was assigned to the Virginia State Police BCI Richmond Field Office's Drug Enforcement Section and routinely partnered with the Richmond Police Department on investigative and patrol operatives, the statement said. The car's driver was detained. Court records show he has convictions for cruelty to animals and for assault and battery.

McAuliffe said Saturday that he and the first lady are "heartbroken" for Special Agent Michael T. Walter's wife and children.

"This is a hard circumstance", she said. Police said more charges are pending.

"Why do they think they have the right to take someone's life?"

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"At some point, we have to get it together as a people, as a community, as a city and say we're not going to tolerate this no more", Durham told reporters.

Police said they are still investigating.

The last Virginia trooper killed in the line of duty was Chad Dermyer, who was shot in March 2016 by a gunman at a Greyhound bus station while police were holding a counterterrorism training exercise.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia will forever be grateful for the service and sacrifice of a slain state police special agent.

The last Virginia trooper killed in the line of duty was Chad Dermyer, who was shot by a gunman at a Greyhound bus station while police were holding a counterterrorism training exercise a year ago.

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