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NY State Trooper Shot & Killed, Woman Killed.

A New York State trooper was shot and killed Sunday night in northern Jefferson County. A woman, described by police as the wife of the shooter, was also killed in the same incident.

The trooper, Joel R. Davis, 36, was taken to Samaritan Medical Center. In a statement early Monday morning, state police superintendent George Beach II announced the death. An ambulance with the trooper arrived at Samaritan Medical Center around 9 PM, accompanied by several police vehicles. Route 46, also known as River Road, was blocked for hours by police south of Theresa Sunday night as they investigated the shooting. Police blocked the road at Eddy Road and Silver Street Road. State police said the trooper responded to several reports of shots fired during a domestic incident. He was shot once while responding to the incident at 34371 Route 46. At some point - it's not clear when - the woman at the property was shot and killed. A second woman who lived on the property was also shot in the upper torso, but a state police spokesman said the injuries were not life threatening. The second woman was home alone at the time, but police said she lived in a shed on the property with a man and child. State police said the shooter surrendered without incident. Police identified him as Justin Walters, 32, the owner of the property. Walters was said to be in custody in Watertown late Sunday night. His wife's name was not immediately released, though police said she was 27 years old.

State Police Superintendent Beach described Walters as "an active duty Army infantryman who is stationed at Fort Drum." Property records show the property was purchased in 2015 by Justin and Nichole Walters. Trooper Davis, of Evans Mills, graduated from the 199th session of the Basic School on May 29, 2013, and was originally assigned to Troop D, SP Watertown, before receiving his current assignment at SP Philadelphia, He is survived by his wife and three children. 

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