A 32-year-old U.S. Army soldier shot and killed his wife and a New York State Police trooper during a domestic dispute at his upstate home late Sunday, according to police and reports.
Gunfire erupted at the Theresa home just before 8 p.m., about 80 miles north of Syracuse. Trooper Joel Davis was shot while approaching the home. He was rushed to the Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, where he died.
State police said Davis, 36, was a four-year veteran of the force. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Gov. Cuomo acknowledged the trooper’s death in the line of duty early Monday.
“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,” Cuomo said in a statement, according to Spectrum News.
The suspected shooter surrendered to police and was identified as Justin Walters, an active duty soldier stationed at Fort Drum in Jefferson County, according to state police.
Police said Walters’ wife, Nichole Walters, was also found dead at the rural property.
Another woman was also shot and wounded with minor injuries, according to WNYF-TV.
This is the state’s second law enforcement death in less than a week. Minutes after midnight on July 5, a gunman shot and killed Officer Miosotis Familia, a 13-year veteran of the NYPD, as she sat in a mobile command post in the Bronx.