Virginia State Police Agent- Marine Veteran Killed in the Line of Duty
Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael T. Walter, a USMC veteran, was murdered by a convicted felon Friday night in Richmond. He was patrolling with a Richmond Police officer and approached the passenger side of a suspicious vehicle. One shot rang out, and Walter was killed. The suspect fled and a manhunt ensued.
Travis Ball, 27, was identified as the suspect in the murder. He was arrested Saturday morning after an all night manhunt. He has a lengthy criminal record.
The officers observed a Chevrolet Cobalt pull up to a curb on Redd Street and then pulled in behind the car.
The Richmond officer went to speak to the driver. Walter approached the passenger side of the car when a single shot rang out, police said. Ball then took off after the shooting, sparking an overnight manhunt by eight local, state, federal law enforcement agencies.
The gun was recovered at the scene. The Richmond officer was not injured, and the driver was placed in custody.
Ball is being held on charges of Malicious Wounding and Use of Firearm, but additional charges are pending. He is being held without bond.
Walter succumbed to his injuries about an hour before Travis Ball was arrested.
Michael T. Walter- the Marine, Mentor, Husband and Father
Michael Walter was an 18 year veteran of the Virginia State Police. He was reportedly a decorated veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 1994.
“His training and service in the Marine Corps taught him passion, integrity and commitment to serve. I always expected our troopers to become a part of the community, and Mike did that. I always was big on wearing the state police uniform with pride, and Mike met that expectation, too… This senseless, cowardly act is unacceptable. In recent years our country’s support for law enforcement has diminished. I hope events like this strengthen the resolve to reverse that trend.” 1st Sgt. Wayne Holland, VSP
Walter was promoted to Special Agent in the Virginia State Police in 2010 and served in the Drug Investigation Unit. He was husband and father of a daughter, 2 boys, ages 14 and 9.
He was a mentor to disadvantaged boys- his commitment to them was well known in the Powhatan Community. He was a wrestling coach, and even started a wrestling club for them called Blackhawk. His entire family participated in the organization.
“You really couldn’t have found a more family-oriented person. He was all about helping other kids, but he was devoted to his wife, he loved his daughter, and he always expected greatness from his sons and they knew that.” Jessie Harris
Featured photo of Michael T. Walter via Virginia State Police