A Virginia State Police Special Agent shot in Richmond’s Mosby Court Friday night during a traffic stop has died this morning.
The incident occurred at around 7:30 p.m. in the 19000 block of Redd Street. Police tell 8News the special agent was participating in a joint operation with the Richmond Police Department.
During a traffic stop, officials say a passenger fired a shot that struck the VSP special agent. The trooper was rushed to VCU Medical Center with serious, life-threatening injuries.
Police say the driver of the vehicle where the shot was fired from remained on scene and was taken into custody. The suspect who fired the shot, however, fled on foot.
Authorities confirmed VSP Special Agent Michael T. Walter was transported to VCU Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries around 5 am this morning.
Shortly after 6 am, Virginia State Police, along with U.S. Marshals, arrested the man suspected of shooting Agent Walter. Travis A. Ball, 27, was taken into custody without incident in Northumberland County. Ball is being held without bail, charged with one count of malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Mosby Court is considered one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Richmond, VA – responsible for 6 of the 19 homicides in the city and reporting 19 individuals shot already in 2017.
“This has been one of the most challenging communities in the city this year,” RPD Chief Alfred Durham explained. “The challenge is we have bad people in this community.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Trooper Michael Walters’ family, friends, and the VSP.