VA Trooper shot, killed, during special operation

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) —

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities have arrested a man who they believe is responsible for the shooting death of a Virginia State Police special agent.

Police arrested Travis A. Ball, 27, Saturday in connection with the shooting death of Special Agent Michael T. Walter. The shooting happened Friday night in Richmond’s Mosby Court neighborhood.

Around 7:30 p.m. Friday night in the 1900 block of Redd Street, near Coalter Street. Police say that Walter was participating in a joint operation with the Richmond Police Department.

Officials said there was a car parked on the wrong side of the road and when Special Agent Walter approached the car, the passenger fired a single shot and ran away. A handgun was recovered from the scene near the suspect’s vehicle.

Trooper Walter was rushed to VCU Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday.

“The Richmond officer that was with Mike right here, fortunately was not injured,” said Colonel Steven Flaherty with VSP. “I will tell you that there’s no one else that special agent Mike Walter had rather been with than the Richmond officer he was with last night.”

Please pray for state trooper Mike Walter who was shot tonight in Richmond. Fighting for his life.

About an hour later, Ball was found at a residence in Northumberland County. Police said he was taken into custody without incident. He is currently being held without bond on the arrest warrants obtained for him Friday night of one count of malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Additional charges are pending.

Travis A. Ball is accused of shooting and killing Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael Walter. Image courtesy of Richmond City Jail/Richmond Sheriff’s Office

Considered as one of the most violent and dangerous neighborhoods in Richmond, Mosby Court has been home to six of the 19 homicides that have occurred in the city this year. There have also been 19 individuals shot in the Mosby community in 2017.

“This has been one of the most challenging communities in the city this year,” RPD Chief Alfred Durham explained. “The challenge is we have bad people in this community.”

“Be the change that you want to see,” Chief Durham said. “Nobody should be able to come in here and wreak havoc as such to have somebody lose their life: Mike made the ultimate sacrifice yesterday. When Mike suited up and came to work and left his family, we would have never thought that he would not be going home.”

Brian Walker is the Chaplain for Soul Winning Soldiers and takes children in Mosby Court to church on Saturdays. He said the violence seen in Mosby Court, impacts the children and their families every day.

“It hadn’t been that long ago that I brought a bicycle to a young man that lives around the corner from here,” Walker said. “Within a week there was a killing at his front door at 7 a.m. He’s got to witness that. I know the young fellow we had trouble with him that day and I had to minister with him and he’s just full of anxiety. I guess it’s the hopelessness too. You know, where to go? What to do? How can I escape from this? Even if I know what to escape toward.”

Richmond Police Chief Durham said it was tips from the community that helped authorities track down the suspect.

“I want to thank everybody for their support the phone calls especially those who gave tips,” Chief Durham said. “A lot of folks say people don’t talk. People talk, you know why? They’re fed up, and you should be too.”

Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Virginia State Police at 804-553-3445 or #77 on a cell phone or by email at questions@vsp.virginia.gov. Tips can also be called in to the Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or to Richmond Police by calling 911.

 

Authorities are actively searching for a suspect after a Virginia State Police special agent was shot in Richmond’s Mosby Court Friday night.

The incident occurred at around 7:30 p.m. in the 19000 block of Redd Street. Police tell 8News the special agent was participating in a joint operation with the Richmond Police Department.

During a traffic stop, officials say a passenger fired a shot that struck the VSP special agent. The trooper was rushed to VCU Medical Center with serious, life-threatening injuries.

Please pray for state trooper Mike Walter who was shot tonight in Richmond. Fighting for his life.

Police say the driver of the vehicle where the shot was fired from remained on scene and was taken into custody. The suspect who fired the shot, however, fled on foot and remains at large.

The wanted suspect is described as a 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 black male in his mid-20s with a medium build and short-cropped hair. He was wearing a red, possibly plaid button-down shirt with three-quarter sleeves and long khaki cargo shorts or pants.

Considered as one of the most violent and dangerous neighborhoods in Richmond, Mosby Court has been home to six of the 19 homicides that have occurred in the city this year. There have also been 19 individuals shot in the Mosby community in 2017.

“This has been one of the most challenging communities in the city this year,” RPD Chief Alfred Durham explained. “The challenge is we have bad people in this community.”

VSP spokesperson Corrine Geller and Chief Durham are pleading for anyone with information to come forward.

“We are here to help you, but now we need your help.” — RPD Chief Alfred Durham

“Just like we muster up all the resources to identify who this shooter is, the community, at this time, we’re asking you to muster up,” Durham said. “And if you have any information regarding this person of interest, we’re asking you to come forward and bring that information.

“We are here to help you, but now we need your help.”

8News Reporter Parker Slaybaugh spoke with Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille, who called it a ‘difficult’ incident for all involved.

“This is a hard circumstance,” she said. “No matter how you slice it, this is difficult for the community, for police professionals, and we want to make sure that we, city council, provide the support to make this a quick resolution. We certainly wish the officer well.”

Authorities with the Henrico County Police Department, Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, U.S. Marshals and ATF are assisting VSP and Richmond Police in the ongoing search efforts.

Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Virginia State Police at 804-553-3445 or #77 on a cell phone or by email at questions@vsp.virginia.gov. Tips can also be called in to the Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or to Richmond Police by calling 911.

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