Special agent killed in the line of duty was well-known for working with at-risk youth
By Jennifer Cruz
Michael Walter had spent nearly two decades as a law enforcement officer. (Photo: Virginia State Police)
An officer with the Virginia State Police died early Saturday morning as a result of injuries he sustained after being shot during a stop in Richmond Friday evening.
State police identified the deceased officer as Special Agent Michael T. Walter, 45. The suspect, 27-year-old Travis Ball, is in police custody. He faces one count of malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, with additional charges pending.
According to a press release from the state police, Walter, who has been a special agent with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Richmond Field Office Drug Enforcement Section since 2010, was on patrol with a Richmond police officer Friday evening when they observed a Chevy Cobalt pull up to the curb.
The Richmond officer pulled in behind the Cobalt and stopped to initiate a conversation with the occupants of the vehicle. The Richmond officer walked to the driver’s side and began talking with the driver. However, as Walter approached the passenger side of the vehicle where Ball was seated, Ball pulled out a gun and fired a single shot