State trooper shot and killed at scene of violent domestic abuse call that left a woman dead

The suspected gunman is an active duty Army infantryman

A New York State Trooper was killed in the line of duty, and the suspected gunman is also accused of killing his wife.

The Daily News reports that Trooper Joel Davis was fatally shot while responding to a domestic call in upstate New York Sunday night. Davis, 36, was a four-year-veteran of the force, and a married father of three children.

A 27-year-old woman was found dead at the Theresa, New York, home.

The suspected gunman surrendered to police. Justin Walters is reportedly an active duty army infantryman. The female victim, Nichole Walters, was his wife.

This is the second New York law enforcement death in one week. Last Wednesday, NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia was shot and killed while she was sitting in a mobile command post in the Bronx. Authorities believe the gunman who shot her was actively targeting police. The murder suspect was killed by police shortly after the officer shooting.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recognized the fallen trooper in a statement obtained by Spectrum News.

“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.”

Justin Walters is reportedly being held without bail on first and second degree murder charges.

Feature photo: New York State Police