Tragedy struck on the night of Friday, May 26 when Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael T. Walter was fatally shot in the Mosby Court neighborhood of Richmond City. Walter was a former Marine and served the state of Virginia faithfully as an officer for 18 years. Walter also served the community by mentoring disadvantaged youth. He is survived by his wife and three children ages 14, 9, and 6
Alleged shooter Travis Ball was arrested without incident at a private Northumberland residence on the morning of May 27. The arrest was made by US Marshals and Virginia State Police and did not involve members of Northumberland law enforcement.
Special agent Walter was on patrol with a City of Richmond police officer when the incident occurred. The officers pulled up behind the vehicle containing Ball and an unidentified driver, which was stopped on the side of the road. The Richmond officer attempted to initiate conversation with the driver while Walter approached the passenger side of the vehicle. A single shot rang out and Ball fled the scene. The driver remained on scene and was detained. The Richmond officer was unharmed. A handgun was found later near the scene of the incident.
Pick up a copy of the May 31 edition of the Northumberland Echo for the full story