Soldier guns down state trooper, police say; woman also found dead

WATERTOWN, N.Y. — A U.S. Army soldier is accused of shooting a New York State trooper  to death in far upstate New York Sunday night, reports CBS Watertown affiliate WWNY-TV.

The suspect, Justin Walters, 32, an active duty infantryman at Fort Drum, surrendered without incident, State Police Superintendent George Beach II said in a statement. Walters was said to be in custody in Watertown late Sunday night, according to WWNY.

The body of a woman was  also found at the scene, Beach said. Her identify was being withheld pending notification of her next of kin, he added.

A second woman was also shot, in the upper-torso, but her injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening, WWNY says.

The trooper, Joel R. Davis, 36, responded to several reports of shots fired during a domestic incident near Theresa, N.Y., in Jefferson County, and was shot once as he approached the residence, Beach said .

 At some point – it wasn’t clear when – a woman was shot and killed, WWNY says.

The second woman was home alone but lives in a shed on the property with a man and child, the station says. 


Walters is listed as the owner of the property where the shootings happened, along with his wife.

Property records show the property was purchased in 2015 by Justin and Nichole Walters, WWNY notes.

Trooper Davis is survived by his wife and three children, Beach said. 

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