Suspect in Trooper’s killing served 2 12-month deployments in Afghanistan

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Walters arraignment

A Fort Drum soldier accused of killing his wife and also a State Trooper on Sunday night served two year-long deployments in Afghanistan, the base said on Monday.

A native of Zeeland, Mich., 32-year-old Justin Walters is listed as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army.

Walters has been stationed at Fort Drum for 10 years.

An infantryman, he served in Afghanistan from January 2009 to January 2010 and from March 2011 to March 2012.

State Police say Walters shot and killed Trooper Joel Davis when he responded to reports of a domestic incident at the home in the town of Theresa.

They found Walters’ wife, Nichole Walters, dead at the scene when they arrived.

“Trooper Davis is a hero.  It takes an uncommon valor to run toward acts of terrible violence, to sacrifice for the safety of strangers.  The deaths of a young mother and this brave officer are a terrible tragedy and we are deeply affected by their loss,” said Major General Walter E. Piatt, Senior Commander, Fort Drum & the 10th Mountain Division.

Walters has been charged with first and second-degree murder.

He has earned numerous honors for his military service, including:
Army Commendation medal;
Army Achievement medal;
Army good conduct medal;
National Defense Service medal;
Afghanistan Campaign medal;
Global War on Terrorism Service medal;
Noncommissioned officer professional development ribbon;
Army Service Ribbon;
Overseas Service Ribbon;
NATO medal;
Combat Infantry Badge
 

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