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Virginia manhunt ends with arrest of suspect in trooper’s fatal shooting

A convicted felon was taken into custody Saturday following a massive overnight search in the fatal shooting of a veteran Virginia state trooper.

Virginia State Police said Travis Ball, 27, was arrested in a house in Heathsville in Northumberland County just after dawn.

The ball wanted in the shooting death of Special Agent Michael T. Walter, 45, in Richmond. The trooper, an ex-Marine and an 18-year veteran of the state police, died early Saturday. Tips led the police to Heathsville, a city 70 miles from Richmond.

Gov and loss account on the expiry of the Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael T. Walter: pic.twitter.com/KYxqga0SkO

— Terry McAuliffe (@GovernorVA) May 27, 2017

Ball faces multiple charges, including malicious wounding, use of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held without bond.

The police said Walter was shot Friday evening while on patrol with a City of Richmond police officer.

She said Walter and the officer approached a parked car on the wrong side of the street in the Mosby Court housing project. She said that the passenger, later identified as Ball, shot Walter and fled on foot.

The driver of the car remained at the scene. He was held.

The Richmond officer was not injured, police said. A gun was recovered at the scene near the car, a Chevrolet Cobalt.

The police said that the Ball was a Mosby Court residents.

Walter was assigned to the Virginia State Police BCI Richmond Field Office, the Drug Enforcement Section and routinely together with the Richmond Police Department on research and patrol agents, ” the statement said.

He had a wife and three children.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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