State Trooper Shot Dead Near Watertown

Killed responding to domestic shooting call

Richard Root
July 10, 2017 - 3:48 am
NYS Trooper honoring fallen member

NYS Trooper


Theresa, NY (WBEN/AP) - A New York State Trooper was shot to death in Jefferson County Sunday night.  Trooper Joel Davis, 36-years-old, was killed while responding to a domestic dispute and shots fired call.

State Police say Davis was gunned down as he was approaching a home in the Town of Theresa, which is about 16 miles north of Watertown, at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday.  

The suspect, 32-year-old Justin Walters, surrendered without incident.  His wife, 27-year-old Nichole Walters, was found dead at the scene.

Walters is an active duty U.S. Army infantryman who is stationed at Fort Drum.

Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement early this morning saying "the entire New York family grieves today for Trooper Joel Davis, who was shot and killed in the line of duty Sunday night."

"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."

State Police cars escorted Davis' body from Samaritan Medical Center, where he was first taken, to Syracuse for further examination.

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