Colonel Steven Flaherty, Superintendent of the Virginia State Police, sadly reports the death of Special Agent Michael Walter.
Agent Walter, 45, was shot while conducting high visibility traffic enforcement near a low income housing project in cooperation with the Richmond Police Department. During the detail, Walter and a Richmond officer approached a suspicious vehicle that was facing the wrong way on the street.
The Richmond officer made contact with the driver while Walter contacted with a second occupant. Without notice, the passenger opened fire with a handgun striking Walter. The suspect then fled on foot, while the driver was detained at the scene and additional weapons were located.
Walter was transported to VCU Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery and was placed in the intensive care unit. He succumbed to his gunshot wound early the following day. Investigating authorities also located and arrested the gunman the day after the shooting.
Walter served the Virginia State Police for eighteen years and was assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigations’ Drug Enforcement Section. He worked in the Richmond Field Office. Walter was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had previously served in the Virginia Division of Capitol Police prior to joining the State Police. He is survived by his wife, daughter and two sons.
Special Agent Michael Walter is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Saturday, May 27, 2017.
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