State Trooper, Woman Shot & KilledPosted: Updated:
The north country law enforcement community is mourning the death of a New York State trooper who was shot and killed Sunday night in the town of Theresa.
A woman, described by police as the wife of the shooter, was killed in the same incident.
The trooper, Joel R. Davis, 36, was taken to Samaritan Medical Center. In a statement early Monday morning, state police superintendent George Beach II announced the death.
An ambulance with the trooper arrived at Samaritan Medical Center around 9 PM, accompanied by several police vehicles.
Davis is well known in the law enforcement community, He served on the road patrol for the Jefferson County sheriff's department before becoming a trooper. His brother, Josh Davis, is a Watertown police officer.
Route 46, also known as River Road, was blocked for hours by police south of Theresa Sunday night as they investigated the shooting. Police blocked the road at Eddy Road and Silver Street Road.
State police said the trooper responded to several reports of shots fired during a domestic incident. He was shot once while responding to the incident at 34371 Route 46. At some point - it's not clear when - the woman at the property, Nichole Walters, 27, (at left is a photo from Facebook) was shot and killed. A second woman who lived on the property was also shot in the upper torso, but a state police spokesman said the injuries were not life threatening. The second woman was home alone at the time, but police said she lived in a shed on the property with a man and child.
State police said the shooter put his gun down and surrendered when a back-up unit arrived. Police identified him as Justin Walters, 32, the owner of the property.. Justin and Nichole Walters lived in a double-wide trailer on the property.
State Police Superintendent Beach described Walters as "an active duty Army infantryman who is stationed at Fort Drum."
Trooper Davis, of Evans Mills, graduated from the 199th session of the Basic School on May 29, 2013, and was originally assigned to Troop D, SP Watertown, before receiving his current assignment at SP Philadelphia, He is survived by his wife and three children.