NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, Va. -- Virginia State Police and U.S. Marshals arrested 27-year-old Travis Ball at a home in Northumberland County Saturday morning after authorities said he fatally shot Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael T. Walter in Mosby Court Friday evening.
“He was taken into custody without incident. He’s been brought back to Richmond for questioning in this investigation," Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty said during a Saturday news conference.
Officials would not comment on Ball's connection to Heathsville, which is about an hour and a half from Richmond, or how he traveled there following the shooting.
A photo tweeted by Blue Alert, and authenticated by Crime Insider sources, captured Ball's arrest.
Ball, who is being held without bond, is charged with one count of malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Additional charges are pending, officials said.
State police said Special Agent Walter was shot while talking with Ball, who is a resident of Mosby Court, and another man inside a car on Redd Street just before 7:30 p.m.
“Ball fired one shot at Special Agent Michael Walter last night," Flaherty said.
The Richmond officer who was with Walter was not injured.
“I will tell you that there is no one else that Special Agent Mike Walter had rather been with than the Richmond officer he was with last night," Flaherty said. "They were extremely close and worked together for quite a time.”
Flaherty thanked the officer for his quick actions and the aid he provided to Walter.
“And I know he’s having a very rough time too," Flaherty said. "And our heart goes out to him.”
The driver of the car remained at the scene and was detained by Richmond police.
Walter succumbed to his injuries shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday at VCU Medical Center, state police officials said.
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