Man accused of killing Va. trooper held without bond

WASHINGTON — The Richmond, Virginia, man accused of fatally shooting a Virginia State Trooper during a traffic stop Friday is being held without bond.

Travis Ball, 27, was arraigned Tuesday morning in Richmond General District Court and charged with three felonies in the death of 45-year-old Special Agent Michael Walter.

Walter was riding with a Richmond police officer Friday night when the pair pulled over a car in which Ball was a passenger, police said. Walter approached the passenger side of the car and a shot was fired, police said. Walter died early Saturday morning.

Ball ran away, but was captured the next morning on Virginia’s Northern Neck after a manhunt of about 11 hours. The driver remained at the scene; it’s not known yet whether he’ll face charges.

Ball’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 13 at Richmond General District Court at Manchester.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.


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