Master Trooper Junius A. Walker
Virginia State Police, Virginia
End of Watch: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Tour of Duty: 40 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 7, 2013
Weapon Used: Shotgun
Suspect Info: Charged with capital murder
Agency Contact Information
Colonel W. Steven Flaherty
Virginia State Police
7700 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23235
Phone: (804) 674-2843
Master Trooper J.A. Walker was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on southbound I-85, near mile marker 45, in Dinwiddie County at approximately 1:30 pm.
At some point during the stop, a subject exited the stopped vehicle and opened fire on Trooper Walker as he sat in his patrol car. He was able to return fire and call for assistance. Another trooper responded within two minutes of the radio call and observed a subject shooting into Trooper Walker’s patrol car.
The responding trooper engaged the subject, who fled into the adjacent woods. The man was apprehended a short time later and subsequently charged with capital murder and attempted capital murder.
Trooper Walker succumbed to his wounds at the scene.
Trooper Walker had served with the Virginia State Police for 40 years, and had been assigned to Dinwiddie County for 27 years. He was scheduled to retire one month after his murder. He is survived by his wife and two adult children.
A Virginia State Police trooper was shot and killed during a traffic stop off Interstate 85 Thursday, and a suspect was arrested after exchanging fire with another trooper, authorities said.
Master Trooper Junius A. Walker, 60, was shot multiple times, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.
Walker, who was patrolling alone as most troopers do, called for backup after being fired upon just before 1:30 p.m. The second trooper arrived within two minutes and saw a male suspect firing into Walker’s marked police vehicle, which was down an embankment off the southbound lanes of the interstate near the woods, Geller said.
The second trooper fired at the suspect, who fled into the woods. He was found nearby and was arrested before 2 p.m. The suspect was not immediately identified. Charges were pending.
“We’re trying to determine if there was a second individual involved,” Geller said at a news conference near the scene in Dinwiddie County, just south of Richmond.
Geller said authorities found a weapon and were trying to determine if it was the one used in the shooting.
Gov. Bob McDonnell said Walker was a 40-year veteran of the state police.
“Virginia’s public safety professionals are on the front lines every day protecting their fellow citizens from harm and pursuing those individuals whose actions put others in danger,” McDonnell said. “These men and women are heroes who place their lives on the line to protect their fellow Virginians.”
McDonnell expressed condolences to Walker’s wife, two daughters and the rest of his family, friends and colleagues.
“Virginia has lost a brave public servant and hero,” McDonnell said.
Authorities shut down a section of Interstate 85 near the 45-mile marker where the shooting occurred, and Geller said it likely would be closed for several hours. Southbound traffic was being detoured at Exit 48.