Cops: Soldier Kills Wife, Then a State Trooper

Suspect in upstate New York surrenders after domestic dispute
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2017 8:28 AM CDT
Cops: Soldier Kills Wife, Then a State Trooper
This photo provided by the New York State Police shows Justin Walters, a U.S. Army soldier who is charged with killing his wife and fatally shooting Trooper Joel Davis on Sunday, July 9, 2017.    (New York State Police via AP)

Police in northern New York say a soldier stationed at Fort Drum killed his wife and a state trooper who arrived to investigate. Justin Walters, 32, is accused of shooting trooper Joel Davis, a 36-year-old father of three, as Walters approached the couple's residence in the town of Theresa about 8pm Sunday, reports CNN. Davis had been responding to a call of shots fired, and police found the body of Walters' wife, 27-year-old Nicholle Walters, inside. Justin Walters then surrendered without further incident.

Police say a second woman also was shot in the upper torso, but her wounds were not thought to be life-threatening, reports WWNY. That woman reportedly lived elsewhere on the couple's property with a man and child, but she was alone at the time. Her relationship to Walters or his wife was unclear. Walters is an "active duty infantryman" at Fort Drum, authorities said. (Read more state troopers stories.)

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